Calls trailer: Apple’s new thriller stars Nick Jonas and Aubrey Plaza’s voices

What is tv? The meaning ends up being a little hazy in the streaming age, when programs can present at movie-length or in “quick bites,” and can inform interconnected stories throughout 18 various programs or anthologized one-offs with no form of plot. Apple’s recently revealed series Calls guarantees to blur customs even further.

Concerning Apple TELEVISION Plus later on this month, each installation of the nine-episode thriller series “follows a darkly dramatic mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average, unconnected phone calls that quickly become surreal as the characters face growingly unsettling experiences,” according to a press release.

And it truly is that bare bones: Based upon the trailer above, Calls matches singing efficiencies with abstract visuals that magnify the discussion. This is brand-new area for director Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead), who directs each episode.

Álvarez’s prominent cast recommends that Calls is the perfect job for the pandemic age, when shooting face to face has actually ended up being more difficult than ever. Stars appearing — er, hiring — for the very first season consist of Nicholas Braun (Succession), Clancy Brown (Carnivale), Lily Collins (Mank), Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian), Mark Duplass (The Early Morning Program), Karen Gillan (Avengers: Endgame), Judy Greer (Halloween), Paul Walter Hauser (Richard Jewell), Danny Huston (Kids of Male), Nick Jonas (Jumanji: Invite to the Jungle), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Roadway), Joey King (The Act), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Jaeden Martell (Knives Out), Paola Nuñez (Bad Young Boys for Life), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Edi Patterson (The Exemplary Gems), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Leisure), Danny Pudi (Mythic Mission), Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jennifer Tilly (Bride-to-be of Chucky), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Tenet).

Calls is based upon a CANAL Plus French series by Timothée Hochet, which itself based upon a brief movie Hochet directed in 2016. For a taste of what Apple’s cooking up, you can see the initial idea listed below.

“I listened to real 911 calls on YouTube and was terrified by the experience of it,” Hochet stated in an interview at the time. “I wanted to show that, particularly in the horror or thriller genre, that it’s possible to do something interesting and stressful without any pictures or visuals.”

Apple verifies that each episode of Calls is 12-15 minutes and while they each stand alone, do link in distinct methods throughout the season. The series premieres on March 19.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.