Up until this point, we’ve really only been covering upcoming films in our Trailer of the Week series. This week, however, HBOMax dropped one hell of an interesting teaser for their forthcoming dark comedy series Made for Love. Based on the novel of the same name written by Alissa Nutting, Cristin Milioti stars as Hazel the fleeing trophy wife of her cold (physically cold in the novel) and jealous billionaire tech-genius husband, Byron (Billy Magnussen), after she realizes he’s implanted a chip in her brain in an attempt to monitor her.
Nutting, whose novel was published in 2017, in an interview with Stassa Edwards of Jezebel says,
“So much of my existence and [my husband’s] existence was alone, internal, and in our own brains. That was the space where we found freedom. We both felt very trapped in the marriage, in the house, and with each other. Our own thoughts were the only place that was ours individually. I was very much thinking about, “What if we lost that, too? What if he could see in my thoughts?” It became my worst fear; that somehow, he would be able to intuit what I was thinking, particularly since what I was saying was completely the opposite of what I was thinking.”
Fans of last year’s infinite loop romantic comedy Palm Springs will instantly recognize the fantastic Milioti immediately and hopefully be as excited as I am to see her in a new series. Magnussen, who played loveable dope Ryan in 2018s Game Night, looks absolutely menacing as Byron another good reason I’m looking forward to the series, but I would have to put the haunting narration of Ray Romano talk-singing the lyrics to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” as the most intriguing atmosphere-defining part of the trailer. Made for Love has me hopeful for a wonderfully dark series on the same wavelength as Upload meets Black Mirror. Also, I wonder if Romano is planning to release a William Shatner album?
Intimacy and trust are the most recurring themes here, but maybe I should point out the sex doll that Romano is standing next to and laying beside in the trailer. You may not have noticed it wasn’t a real person, which is part of the allure of the trailer. In a technical age where privacy is more of a rarity, choosing to find love may be more thematically accurate especially after a year where some of us may simply be looking for our own space.
Made for Love will debut on HBOMax this April after premiering at the SXSW film festival on March 17.
So what do you think of the trailer for Made for Love? Do you agree with Sean that it looks Black Mirror-ish? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!