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Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ Trailer Features Horses, Lasers and Religious Rituals

The Hype Williams–directed movie will screen in theaters

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Kanye West will soon be adding a new testament to the story of Yeezus. Today, the rapper released a exhilarating preview on his website for a Yeezus movie that will be “coming to theaters,” though it’s not clear when it will be coming out. The film was directed by Hype Williams, who has helmed videos for Beyoncé, 2Pac, Coldplay and more, as well as the West clips “Gold Digger,” “Heartless, ” “All of the Lights” and “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.”

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Beginning with a sample of West’s 808s and Heartbreak track “The Coldest Winter,” the short preview intersperses typically hyper-real scenes (horses running a la “Bound 2,” religious rituals) with imagery from the rapper’s Yeezus tour, including furry creatures with red eyes, mime-like dancers in robes, lasers, West in a mask, West jumping out of a burst of light a pyramid-like mountain and even more lasers.

Earlier this month, author Bret Easton Ellis – with whom Kanye West conversed on the former’s podcast – said in an interview with Vice that he was working on a movie with the rapper. “He came and asked me to write the film,” Ellis said. “I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So fuck it, I said yes.”

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