Sean Bean Looks Doomed Again in the Trippy, Intense Possessor Trailer

Sean Bean, again, is in deep crap, in Possessor.
Sean Bean, again, is in deep crap, in Possessor.
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Since its buzzworthy debut at Sundance earlier this year, genre fans have eagerly been awaiting the release of Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor. The date is finally coming and a new trailer dives deeper into the terrifying tale.


Possessor stars Andrea Riseborough (Mandy) as an assassin who can possess other people to do the killing for her. Her latest target is played by none other than Sean Bean, always destined to be on the bad end of an on-screen death. For some reason, though, this possession isn’t going according to plan.

We’d seen a teaser but now here’s the full trailer for Possessor.

Of course, beyond Riseborough and Bean, the cast includes the always excellent Christopher Abbott (Girls, It Comes at Night) as well as legend Jennifer Jason Leigh. And yes, Brandon Cronenberg is the son of legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg. But, with his feature debut Antiviral, and now Possessor, Brandon seems poised to forever make the name “Cronenberg” followed by the question “Which one?”

Possessor hits select theaters and drive-ins on October 9 and VOD and on-demand sometime after.

Correction: 9/1/2020, 4:20 p.m. ET: A previous version of this post listed a date for VOD release but that date has not been confirmed. We have removed It.

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Despite how the trailer may look, I remember Sean Bean now a days rejecting roles where his character dies. He saw the humor in the list of movies and shows he’s done where his character dies, but he eventually started resisting it.

There was interview he did where he stated, “I did do one job and they said, ‘We’re going to kill you’, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ and then they said, ‘Well, can we injure you badly?’ and I was like, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time’. I believe it was the sequel to Silent Hill: Revelation he started resisting.

So if his character does die in this movie, it’s because he allowed it. If it serves the story overall and not just some gimmick they have to follow because he’s in it. He feels like it’s kind of a spoiler of what happens to a character if he’s playing it and makes the story more predictable. So, live or die? Place your bets.