Fake jail gets a little too real in a new trailer for “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” released on Monday.
Starring Ezra Miller (“We Need to Talk About Kevin” ) and Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), the film is based on a 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University which divided 24 college students into groups of guards and prisoners for a prison simulation.
The experiment had to be cut short of its intended two weeks due to the level of cruelty that developed among the participants.
Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features financed the project, which is produced by Brent Emery and Lizzie Friedman with Greg Little, Lauren Bratman and “The Hurt Locker” star Brian Geraghty. IFC Films will handle distribution.
“The Stanford Prison Experiement” is set for release on July 17.