‘Special Correspondents’ Trailer: Ricky Gervais’ New Netflix Movie

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The streaming giant debuted the newest Netflix Original movie trailer Thursday for the upcoming Ricky Gervais project, “Special Correspondents,” which is a comedy he wrote, directed and starred in alongside Eric Bana.

Bana and Gervais play a news team that faked some radio broadcasts from a war in Ecuador, while they continued life as usual in New York City. But the team is suddenly reported as missing, which turns into a major news story in itself, and the duo are forced to actually go down to Ecuador to continue to charade.

In recent years, “news” has become the news in many ways, and movies about news crews creating some of that news have been quite popular. The reigning Oscar winner for Best Picture, “Spotlight,” follows a newspaper’s efforts to shed light on a cover-up of molestation charges on Catholic priests for decades. Then, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” stars Tina Fey as a cable news reporter embedded in Afghanistan. And “Truth” was a movie detailing bad reporting by CBS’ Dan Rather about then-President George W. Bush’s military record.

But “Special Correspondents” seems to take aim at the news fibbers, like NBC’s Brian Williams, who misremembers whether his helicopter was hit by an RPG in Iraq or someone else’s helicopter.

“Special Correspondents” Trailer Gets 2 Thumbs Up!

My favorite line in the “Special Correspondents” trailer comes from Gervais, “I think we’re so much better off here in New York than in Ecuador,” he said. “We’ve got wine, snacks … not being shot at.” That one stands just ahead of another great line from Gervais, “Have you got bulletproof pants?”

The Netflix Original movie also stars Benjamin Bratt, Vera Farmiga and America Ferrera, and it will debut on April 29!

With this cast, and Gervais’ writing, it’s hard to imagine this film not ranking among the best Netflix Originals – especially as a comedy. Currently, “Beasts of No Nation” ranks as their top dramatic original movie (79 on, with “Staten Island Summer” ranking as the best comedy, with a paltry 41 on Metacritic.