Netflix Psychological-Thriller ‘The Devil All the Time’: Plot, Cast & Release Date

We already have a large line up of Original films coming to Netflix in the near future, and arriving this May is the psychological thriller The Devil All the Time. With an all-star cast and an especially dark story, we suspect that The Devil All the Time will be a smash hit with subscribers. Here’s everything we know so far about The Devil All the Time, including the plot, cast, and Netflix release date.

The Devil All the Time is an upcoming Netflix Original psychological-thriller directed by Antonio Campos. The Original is based on the screenplay adaptation, written by Antonio and Paulo Campos, which happens to be based on the Donal Ray Pollock novel of the same name. Jake Gyllenhaal is also influential on the film as an executive producer, along with Riva Marker, Gretchen McGowan, Randall Poster, and Max Born.


When is the Netflix release date for The Devil All the Time?

The Devil All the Time is scheduled to arrive on Netflix on May 15th, 2020. Upon release, all Netflix regions will be available to stream the film.

In between the time of writing this article and the Netflix release date, there are multiple film festivals that The Devil All the Time could make its debut. For now, the psychological-thriller is only scheduled to debut on its Netflix release date.


What is the plot of The Devil All the Time?

The following synopsis has been provided by Netflix:

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Is the story an anthology?

We’ve seen an anthology with rich and diverse characters in the dark-comedy western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but The Devil All the Time isn’t the same. A colorful array of delightfully nasty, dirty and chaotic characters await you upon your first watch, and while each person has their own story, characters are inexplicably linked in the most peculiar of circumstances.

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock – Copyright. Doubleday


Who’s in the cast of The Devil All the Time?

The following cast members have been confirmed to be starring in The Devil All the Time:

RoleCast MemberWhere Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
Arvin RussellTom HollandSpider-Man Far From Home | The Impossible | Captain America: Civil War
Preston TeagardinRobert PattinsonTwilight | Harry Potter | The Lighthouse
Lenora LafertyEliza ScanlenLittle Women | Babyteeth | Sharp Objects
Willard RussellBill SkarsgårdIt | Deadpool 2 | Allegiant
Sandy HendersonRiley KeoughMad Max: Fury Road | American Honey | It Comes at Night
Charlotte RussellHaley BennetThe Magnificent Seven | The Girl on the Train | Music and Lyrics
Sheriff Lee BodeckerSebastian StanCaptain America: Civil War | Avengers: Endgame | Gossip Girl
Helen HattonMia WasikowskaAlice in Wonderland | Stoker | Crimson Peak
Carl HendersonJason ClarkeZero Dark Thirty | Mudbound | Everest
Roy LafertyHarry MellingHarry Potter | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | The Lost City of Z
Tater BrownDouglas HodgeJoker | Black Mirror | The Report
Cynthia TeagardinLucy FaustMudbound | Looking for Alaska | ZeroZeroZero
Pamela Sue ReasterAbby GloverStranger Things | Ozark Messiah
Reverend SykesMichael HardingJust Mercy | House of Cards | One Tree Hill

When the cast list was first announced Chris Evans was to portray Sheriff Lee Bodecker, but due to scheduling conflicts, he had to stand down from the role and was replaced by his fellow MCU co-star Sebastian Stan.

Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson have previously worked together on The Lost City of Z, which Harry Potter actor Harry Melling also co-starred in.


Where and when did filming take place?

A very large amount of locations were used for the filming of The Devil All the Time, in particular throughout the state of Alabama:

  • 33 W 10th Street, Anniston, Alabama, USA
  • Anniston, Alabama, USA
  • The Peerless Grille, Anniston, Alabama, USA
  • Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Forest Park, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Deatsville, Alabama, USA
  • Pine Flat Presbyterian Church, Deatsville, Alabama, USA
  • City of Lights Dream Center, Dora, Alabama, USA
  • Dora, Alabama, USA
  • Helena, Alabama, USA
  • Jacksonville, Alabama, USA
  • Police Department, Ladiga Street, Jacksonville, Alabama, USA
  • Main Street, Montevallo, Alabama, USA
  • Montevallo, Alabama, USA
  • Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama, USA
  • Pell City, Alabama, USA
  • Riverside, Alabama, USA
  • The Ark Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Alabama, USA
  • Wetumpka, Alabama, USA

Filming began on the 18th of February, 2019 and concluded two months later on the 15th of April, 2019.

At the time of writing The Devil All the Time is still in post-production.


What is the parental rating?

At a minimum, The Devil All the Time will receive an R rating. Due to the tone and nature of the story, we expect the thriller to receive an NC-17 rating.

Can I watch the Original in 4K?

Just like the majority of brand new Originals, The Devil All the Time will be available to stream in 4K. To watch the thriller in 4K you will need a 4K device, along with a premium subscription and an internet connection capable of streaming titles in 4K resolution.


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