A new sexy trailer for Eliza Hittman’s highly anticipated Beach Rats came out over the weekend. The trailer is really making us want to see the film that The Daily Beast hailed as “the rare gay drama, and maybe the next wave of queer storytelling, that makes you feel uncomfortable.”
Set in Coney Island, the movie centers around Frankie (played by British model-turned-actor Harris Dickinson), a closeted teen who struggles with his identity as he starts to cruise men online and IRL. The performance, according to the Daily Beast, was “one of the most grueling, sensual, and captivating star turns at Sundance. And certainly one of the most enticingly naked.”
According to an official synopsis:
“Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling towards irreparable consequences.
Earlier this year, The Guardian reported that “Hittman was inspired to make Beach Rats after seeing a shirtless selfie online, captivated by the fine line between heteronormative bravado and homoeroticism.”
“I was completely happy to be part of something that did normalize male nudity,” Dickinson, who is straight, tells The Daily Beast.
“I was talking to someone the other day who asked about it, and I said to them, ‘Have you seen how much female nudity there is throughout the history of film and TV?’ So yeah, I was comfortable with it, and I’m quite comfortable with my sexuality and my body.”