Comedy icon Adam Sandler cuts down to the bone with some serious dramatic chops in the first trailer for the Safdie brothers’ upcoming thriller Uncut Gems.
The 53-year-old actor stars as Howard Ratner, a New York City jeweler who acquires a rare gemstone with mysterious powers. Seduced by the stone, he begins taking gambles that put his life and career on the line, including violent run-ins with gangsters and a nightclub brawl with recording artist the Weeknd (who portrays himself in the film).
Among those intoxicated by the opal’s aura is NBA star Kevin Garnett (also playing a version of himself), a client of Howard’s. Then there’s Howard’s wife, Dinah (Frozen’s Idina Menzel), who mostly endures her husband’s mental spiral with a grimace on her face as she listens to him drone on about his lofty ambitions and a steamy affair.
A24 will release Uncut Gems on Dec. 13.