Netflix drops the first trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's thriller film, The Guilty

The Oscar nominee responds to a 911 call that sends him on a downward spiral in Netflix's English adaptation of The Guilty.


Netflix is set to make an English-language remake of another award-winning international film with Jake Gyllenhaal tapped for the lead role.

What lengths will Jake Gyllenhaal's Joe Baylor go to save a mysterious woman's life?

2018's Danish thriller, The Guilty, won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. The film also went on to receive critical acclaim from Rotten Tomatoes. It currently holds a 97% approval rating on the review aggregation website with a 7.94 (out of 10) average rating.

Soon after its premiere in 2018, Jake Gyllenhaal and Nine Stories bought the rights to make an American remake of The Guilty. Then, in 2020, Netflix secured worldwide distribution rights for the film. Now, years later, the English remake of the thriller film is finally set to release on the popular streaming platform with a brand-new trailer generating a ton of buzz.

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One call in one morning sends Jake spiraling in The Guilty

Jake Gyllenhaal stars on Netflix as Joe Bayler. Joe is a former police detective who has since switched careers to become a 911 operator.

The story of The Guilty takes place one fateful morning inside a 911 dispatch center. What initially appeared to be a typical workday for Joe turns out to be everything but. As the trailer makes it clear, Joe finds himself going from fielding the usual calls to finding himself racing against time to try and save Emily, a mysterious woman who calls 911 asking for help.

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Joe goes on a frantic search for Emily as she hangs up the phone while Joe was attempting to find out her exact location, simply saying, "I'm gonna die."

The Guilty is Jake's first big screen starring role since 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.

As Joe desperately tries to make the most out of what little he has, he finds out that there just isn't enough help on the way. In addition to having very few details about Emily's whereabouts, local law enforcement currently has their hands full dealing with a forest fire. To make matters worse, Emily's young daughter reaches out to 911 to try and find out where her mother is.

From there on, the situation only gets worse and worse, with the trailer suggesting that not everything in The Guilty is as it appears.

Here is a complete list of all the actors set to make an appearance in The Guilty:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Riley Keough
  • Paul Dano
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • David Castañeda
  • Byron Bowers
  • Bill Burr
  • Christina Vidal
  • Adrian Martinez
  • Beau Knapp
  • Edi Patterson

The Guilty is set to premiere on Netflix on October 1.

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