VIDEO: Jared Leto Joins the Yakuza in World War II-Era Crime-Drama ‘The Outsider’

Action-packed period film hits Netflix on March 9

February 22, 2018

Jared Leto plays an American prisoner turned yakuza in “The Outsider,” an action-packed, World War II-era crime film hitting Netflix next month.

The official trailer (above) begins with the award-winning actor lying naked in bed, opposite a mysterious and heavily tattooed woman. She pets his face and foreshadows his fate with a fable of the koi fish who swam up a waterfall to become a dragon.

His fierce transformation begins after the Japanese mob frees him from a prison and, as a form of repayment, he agrees to embrace their ways and become yakuza. From there, the trailer alternates between local flavor and extreme violence, with shots of sumo wrestling, Japanese theater, and Leto beating a man senseless with a typewriter.

Well-known for his method acting style, Jared won an Oscar starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey told Howard all about Leto’s method acting during his 2017 visit, corroborating what Stern Show superfan Ike Barinholtz had already told Howard about working with Jared on “Suicide Squad.” Listen to both Stern Show conversations here and here.

“The Outsider,” also starring Tadanobu Asano, Rory Cochrane, Emile Hirsch, and Shiori Kutsuna, arrives March 9 on Netflix. Watch the official trailer (above).

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