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Netflix Finally Dropped the Trailer for the New Black Mirror Film
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Netflix finally released a trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, just one day before the film is due to premier. And it’s filled with hints and easter eggs that any fan of the show could spend the next 24 hours dissecting.
According to the trailer, Bandersnatch stars Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead as a young developer in the 1980s who’s working on an adventure game that gives the episode its title. It’s based on a book by “genius” author Jerome F. Davies, who “went cuckoo and cut his wife’s head off.” As he works on the project, Whitehead’s character himself seemingly descends into madness.
The trailer doesn’t come right out and confirm that this is the choose-your-own-adventure Netflix special we were promised, but at this point we can be pretty certain it is. For one thing, almost every other leak and rumor has been on point—the film will premier on December 28th, it’s set in the ’80s, stars Whitehead, and is about a video game developer.
The trailer itself also drops some fairly sizable hints that the episode will be interactive. It bills Bandersnatch as “A Black Mirror Event” rather than “Black Mirror Film,” and features title cards reading “Change your mind,” “Change your life,” and “Change your past, your present, your future.” The trailer ends with a voiceover declaring that, “Your fate has been dictated. You’re not in control.” And to top it all off, the show’s Twitter account captioned the video with the note, “Don’t do it.”
Black Mirror loves its Easter eggs, and judging by the trailer, Bandersnatch will be loaded with them. In the developers’ office is a poster for a game called “METL HEDD,” which features a photo of one of the murderous robo-dogs from the season four episode “Metalhead.” (That episode was helmed by David Slade, Bandersnatch’s rumored director.) It also features the tuning fork-like symbol from season two’s “White Bear,” which appears written in blood at a crime scene. Will the episode take place in some sort of meta-universe, like season four’s “Black Museum?” Will it finally be that choose-your-own adventure episode? The suspense ends tomorrow.