A 911 call. A woman in distress. But is all what it seems? Jake Gyllenhaal’s gripping Nordic noir, The Guilty, is now available to stream on Netflix.
There is, as readers well know by this point, very little we love more than a Nordic noir – especially at this time of year. And so you can bet we’re excited that Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal’s starry Hollywood remake of the twisted Den Skyldige (aka The Guilty) is now available to stream on Netflix.
Much like the original Danish language film, the thriller is set over the course of a single morning in a claustrophobic 911 dispatch call centre. And it is harrowing.
Intrigued? Here’s everything we know about The Guilty so far.
What’s the plot of The Guilty?
Once upon a time, Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) was a decorated police officer. Due to some mysterious scandal, however, he’s been demoted to the role of 911 call operator while HR conducts an investigation – and he isn’t exactly loving it.
It’s easy to see why; the majority of calls coming in are hoaxes or complete and utter wastes of time, and his temper quickly becomes frayed as the hours slowly crawl by. Then, though, he picks up the phone to a woman… and everything changes.
Joe is confused at first, as the woman on the end of the phone speaks to him as if he’s her child. After a few moments, however, he realises that she’s been kidnapped – just as her abductor realises what she’s doing.
“I’m sorry, I have to hang up,” the woman says in the trailer, before adding: “I’m going to die.”
With little information to go on, however, and limited help from law enforcement, whose resources are reduced due to a forest fire, Joe soon discovers that nothing about this call is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.
As the trailer warns: “There’s more to the story than meets the eye.” Ominous.
Is there a trailer for The Guilty?
The two-minute trailer dials up the tension, showing an increasingly distressed Gyllenhaal attempting to help a woman he believes has been abducted. But who is she? And what’s really happened to her?
Watch it below:
Who stars in The Guilty?
Jake Gyllenhaal takes the lead in this drama as troubled operator Joe Baylor, and he is joined by the likes of Riley Keough, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr, Christina Vidal, Gillian Zinser, Peter Sarsgaard, Becky Wu, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and many more.
As you might expect, though, some of these famous faces will never appear on screen, as we never leave the 911 dispatch call centre. You’ll have to listen extra hard, then, for their voices on the end of the phone.
What are people saying about The Guilty?
With a script by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, the film has been produced by Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker, and directed by Antoine Fuqua.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Antoine again,” says Gyllenhaal of the partnership. “Our time together on Southpaw was one of the great artistic experiences of my career, and I cannot wait to be back on set with him again.
“The Guilty is a special story, and one that we all feel very close to.”
When will The Guilty become available for streaming?
The Guilty is available to stream on Netflix from today (aka 1 October), which means we’ll be getting the spookiest month of all off to a suitably spine-tingling start.
In the meantime, you can watch the original Den Skyldige on Amazon Prime Video for the princely sum of 99p. If you decide to do so, though, we urge you to ensure you’re a) not alone and b) all the lights are on…
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.