Right now it's really good to be Miles Teller. He's been dubbed the next big thing at two consecutive Sundance Film Festivals, starting with last year's powerful teen romance, The Spectacular Now, for which he and Shailene Woodley shared dramatic acting awards. This year he came back swinging in Whiplash, playing a jazz drumming protege at the mercy of his ruthless instructor, played by J.K. Simmons. And since then, things have only gotten better with major roles in Fantastic Four and the boxing biopic, Bleed for This.
In my opinion, it'll be Whiplash that pushes him to the next level. He gives a commanding, physical performance and the intense interactions he has with Simmons are amazing. While at Sundance, I had a chance to take part in a roundtable interview with Teller, co-stars Paul Reiser and Austin Stowell, and writer/director Damien Chazelle about Whiplash. The interview aired some weeks ago as part of my show, Cinema Royale, but now it's available for you to watch online.
Look for Whiplash to hit theaters later this year as Sony Pictures Classics has picked it up for distribution.