The ice has officially broken.
In what many are considering a quiet, cold Sundance, Netflix has entered the ring to crown the first true champion of the prestigious festival by way of Chloe Domont’s workplace relationship drama Fair Play.
The film stars Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich as engaged employees of a cutthroat New York hedge fund whose relationship begins to unravel when Dynevor’s Emily receives a promotion to a level above Ehrenreich’s Luke.
Fair Play marks Netflix’s second Sundance acquisition following the pre-festival purchase of XYZ Films’ Run Rabbit Run. Screening in the Midnight category, the Daina Reid-directed film stars Succession’s Sarah Snook.
Outside of the foreign langue remake All Quiet on the Western Front, the marquee streamer has struggled to find a footing this awards season as The Pale Blue Eyes, Bardo: The False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths, and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story failed to make much noise this cycle. But the studio is betting big here, beating out rival bids from Searchlight and at least six other studios.
No release date has been announced; however, most expect Fair Play to receive a limited theatrical run prior to its streaming debut.