Ryan Phillippe Chases Tom Pelphrey's American Murderer in Spine-Chilling New Trailer

In the new trailer for thriller American Murderer, Ryan Phillippe plays an FBI agent chasing after Jason Derek Brown (Tom Pelphrey), a real-life fugitive who's still at large.

By Charlotte Walsh Sep 13, 2022 10:25 PMTags
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 Ryan Phillippe is on the case. 

The actor stars as an FBI agent after one of America's most wanted in the intense American Murderer trailer. The clip follows the story of real-life fugitive Jason Derek Brown (played by Tom Pelphrey) as he plots an elaborate scheme to get himself out of trouble. The official synopsis describes Brown as "a charismatic con man turned party king," who, when his funds run out, must turn to his most intense scheme yet, which lands himself on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list. 

"80 grand," the fugitive says of his plan in the trailer. "Three days. I'm gonna rob an armored truck, and I want you to help me."

"That's above your pay grade," his co-conspirator Kyle Wallace (played by Hannah Montana alum Moises Arias) responds. 

"Is that a no, Mommy?" Brown says, imitating Wallace before whipping out a pistol. 

The teaser continues to unpack Brown's descent into madness as Phillippe's FBI agent tracks his every move. The thriller also stars Idina Menzel, Jacki Weaver, Paul Schneider and Shantel VanSanten

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But, according to real-life spoilers, Brown's plan doesn't go as smoothly as he'd hoped. According to the FBI, he allegedly shot and killed "an armored car guard outside a movie theater" in 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, and "then fled with the money."

The case continues today: Phillipe's IRL muse, Special Agent Lance Leising, only just retired from Phoenix's FBI field office in 2020 after being on the case for nearly 17 years. 

"I never thought he would be a fugitive this long. In fact, we were very close and likely should have arrested him," Leising said to NBC's KPNX in Nov. 2021. "He can be one thing one day, and another thing the next day."

American Murderer hits theaters Oct. 21 and is available on digital Oct. 28. Watch the full trailer above. 

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