American Animals

American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who
attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers
around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky.
Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the
essential ingredient that unites all great artists - suffering. His closest friend,
Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that
he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the same
town, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that
their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives
that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world's most
valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer's college Library. Enlisting
two more friends, accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas
(Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the
theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to
have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its
own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life
figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist
movie into bold new territory. 


The Orchard will release American Animals on June 1, 2018.

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