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An Exclusive Look at Darren Lynn Bousman’s “The Cello” with Jeremy Irons & Tobin Bell


By Shannon McGrew


From Destiny Media Entertainment, comes an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the highly anticipated horror film, THE CELLO, from renowned horror director, Darren Lynn Bousman. Unveiling interviews with the cast and crew, this BTS feature provides a unique insight into their filming experience and the intriguing East-meets-West creative collaboration. Check out the clip above and let us know what you think!

Like many musicians, accomplished Saudi cellist Nasser (Samer Ismail) has aspirations for greatness, though he feels like he’s held back by the old, dilapidated instrument he’s forced to play. When Nasser is offered the chance to take possession of a gorgeous red cello by a mysterious shop owner (Tobin Bell), he finds new inspiration both for his playing and for his composing. What Nasser doesn’t realize is that this cello has a nefarious past.

As he prepares for an important audition with a prominent philharmonic, that past shows itself in the form of an ancient conductor (Jeremy Irons) and the suffering and death of those close to him. Nasser must now decide if achieving his dreams is worth the horror that comes with playing such a perfect instrument.

THE CELLO is directed by horror icon Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Spiral) and written by Turki Al Alshikh (“The Eight”).

The film stars Samer Ismail, Muhammad Al-Hamdi, Elam Ali, Souad Abdullah, Mila Al Zahrani, Barca Alem, Ghassan Massoud, Basheer Al Ghonam, Mohammed Altoyan, with Tobin Bell and Jeremy Irons.

THE CELLO is produced by Lee Nelson. It is executive produced by Sultan Al Muheisen, Niko Ruokosuo, and David Tish. It is co-produced by Rahul Talwar and Philip Day.


It is edited by Harvey Rosenstock, A.C.E and Zeborah Tidwell. The cinematography is done by Maxine Alexandre.

THE CELLO will be released in theaters nationwide on December 8, 2023.


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