‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Trailer: Drew Goddard’s ‘The Martian’ Follow-Up Is An Eerie Ensemble Film Set in 1969

Can Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, and more survive a creepy night at a kitschy hotel?

Celebrate, “Mad Men” fans: three long years after wrapping the series, Jon Hamm is back in ’60s threads in the first “Bad Times at the El Royaletrailer. Instead of pitching multimillion-dollar ad campaigns, here he’s peddling vacuums. Hamm’s salesman joins Dakota Johnson’s felon, Chris Hemsworth’s cult leader, and Jeff Bridges’ priest-who-might-not-actually-be-a-priest as unlucky hotel guests just hoping to reach check-out time alive.

Following 2012’s “The Cabin in the Woods” — also starring Hemsworth, written with his former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” boss Joss Whedon — “Bad Times” is Drew Goddard’s second feature as a director. An Oscar-nominated screenwriter (“The Martian”) who also penned “Cloverfield” and “World War Z,” Goddard will next write and direct the 20th Century Fox tentpole “X-Force.” On “Bad Times,” Goddard produced with Jeremy Latcham, a veteran of the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” franchises.

Overlooking Lake Tahoe, the fictional El Royale straddles the Nevada/California border. The film’s logline includes the phrase “seven strangers, each with a secret to bury,” sounding like a mash-up between “Clue” and “Room 104.” Take those words verbatim: in footage shown this spring at 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon presentation, a man in his hotel room pulled back the carpet, hid a package under the floorboards, gingerly reassembled the layout, and took a cop’s fatal bullet.

The ensemble also includes Nick Offerman, Lewis Pullman (“Battle of the Sexes”), Cailee Spaeny (“Pacific Rim: Uprising”) and “The Color Purple” Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, playing a songstress named Darlene Sweet (according to The Tracking Board, that role was first offered to Beyoncé). Russell Crowe also makes a cameo.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” lands in theaters on October 5. Watch the trailer below, then scroll down for the poster and additional photos.

DF-13551_R – L-R: Cailee Spaeny and Chris Hemsworth star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYAL. Photo Credit: John P. Johnson.

Cailee Spaeny and Chris Hemsworth

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DF-06094_KF_R2 – Dakota Johnson stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYAL. Photo Credit: Kimberley French.

Dakota Johnson

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DF-06712_KF_R – Chris Hemsworth stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYAL. Photo Credit: Kimberley French.


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Bad Times at the El Royale poster

The official poster for “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox