Jesse Eisenberg returns to the big screen this week with his new movie Holy Rollers, which sees him team up with The Hangover star Justin Bartha and first time director Kevin Asch.
Holy Rollers is inspired by actual events in the late nineties when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States.
Sam Gold (Eisenberg), a young Hasid from an Orthodox Brooklyn community reluctantly follows the path his family has chosen for him, awaiting a pending arranged marriage and studying to become a Rabbi.
A charming neighbour, Yosef Zimmerman (Bartha), senses Sam’s resistance and propositions him to transport ‘medicine’ for Jackie (Danny A. Abeckaser), an Israeli gangster and drug dealer, and his girlfriend, Rachel (Ari Graynor).
Sam quickly demonstrates his business skills to his boss, Jackie, who instantly takes him under his wing.
Now exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of the Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, Sam begins to spiral deeper into their detrimental lifestyle, experimenting with ecstasy and then falling for Rachel.
As the business grows, Sam’s double life begins to rip his family apart and the community becomes suspicious of his illegal activities.
Holy Rollers is released 8th July. Take a look at the clips from the movie.