The terrific Riz Ahmed looks like he’s finally got a lead role worthy of his considerable talents in the first trailer for Sound of Metal, which follows Ruben (Ahmed), a punk metal drummer and recovering addict who starts to lose his hearing. The debut from writer/director Darius Marder. Marder is gaining early acclaim for the innovative sound design, which helps immerse viewers in Ruben’s world. The trailer gives a little tease of how the film does this and also includes closed captioning, as the movie itself will, so that the hearing and non-hearing will be able to appreciate the movie.
The official synopsis says “Ruben is a drummer and one half of the duo Blackgammon along with his singer girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). A former drug addict, he is sober for four years. Suddenly, he begins to lose his hearing. His sponsor makes him go meet Joe (Paul Raci), who leads a deaf community. With the help from them, Ruben struggles to accept his situation.”
Sound of Metal will be in a few theaters on November 20 and hit Amazon Prime on December 4.