The Beta Test: Release Date, Cast, And More

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Social commentary and steamy temptation collide in the latest film from Jim Cummings, "The Beta Test." Get a peek at how chaotic life can get once a drastic mistake gets the better of you. For one ruthless Hollywood agent, overcoming paranoia is the name of the game — and he isn't exactly winning. If this thrilling tale sounds tempting, keep reading to learn more about the upcoming release of "The Beta Test."

The Beta Test Release Date and Where To Watch It

"The Beta Test" gets its theatrical release on November 5, 2021, when it hits theaters across the U.S. Up until now, the film has been making its way through the festival circuit, including its March 2021 premiere at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival and a later appearance at the 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. Most recently, the film played at Fantastic Fest 2021 in September.

What is The Beta Test?

"The Beta Test" is equal parts psychological drama and satirical thriller, an American-British film that sees a Hollywood agent thrown into the world of lying, infidelity, and digital data. After receiving a mysterious letter inviting him to don a blindfold and enjoy some steamy, anonymous sex, Jordan makes a terrible mistake: he says yes. While the letter seems pretty sketchy — somewhere between vaguely concerning and utterly laughable — the soon-to-be married agent jumps at the chance for some easy fun. After all, the letter promises an experience with "no strings attached." Unfortunately for Jordan, there's no such thing. He soon finds himself spiraling, desperate to cover the tracks of his mistakes and figure out the source of his invitation to a one-night stand.

The Beta Test Cast

Jim Cummings stars as Jordan, the star shark at his Hollywood Talent Agency who spirals deep into "American Psycho" territory after his anonymous tryst. Virginia Newcomb is Caroline, his adoring wife-to-be and PJ McCabe is Jordan's partner at the agency, who assists in trying to solve the mystery of the envelope. "The Beta Test" also stars Kevin Changaris, Olivia Grace Applegate, Jessie Barr as Lauren, Christian Hillborg, Malin Barr, Jacqueline Doke, and Wilky Lau.

The Beta Test Director, Writers, and More

This psychological drama was penned and directed by the very duo starring in the film, Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe. The collaborators previously worked together on projects helmed by Cummings, but this time share both writing and directing duties on "The Beta Test." Cummings is best known as the writer, director, and star behind "Thunder Road," the microbudget indie that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. He also helmed the 2020 horror-comedy "The Wolf of Snow Hollow." McCabe is an actor and producer, previously appearing in works like "American Vandal" and the miniseries "Minutes."

"The Beta Test" wrapped production in 2019 but due to the pandemic, post-production was completed remotely, with Cummings' serving as editor. The film is executive produced by Douglas Choi, John Jeffrey Martin, Jake Orthwein, Alex C Rudolph and Matthew A. Stewart.

The Beta Test Trailer

Along with the first trailer for "The Beta Test," here's the official synopsis:

Shortly before his wedding, ruthless talent agent Jordan (Jim Cummings) receives a mysterious envelope offering no-strings-attached sex with a stranger in a hotel room. Initially amused, then intrigued, he becomes obsessed by the idea of a secret erotic adventure and impulsively accepts. But will he regret his choices when his meticulous, superficial world threatens to collapse under the weight of his burgeoning lies?