In the upcoming movie We Are Your Friends, Zac Efron plays a California dreamer with aspirations of being the next great EDM DJ. We know this because he spends much of the three-minute trailer with a pair of studio-quality headphones wrapped around his neck and occasionally records sounds from the real world using his iPhone.
Directed by Max Joseph—the grey-haired dude from MTV’s Catfish—We Are Your Friends looks like a typical rags-to-riches story, updated for the Coachella crowd. Efron and his group of friends long to escape their dreary Valley existence, and their ticket out seems to be that one banger that can change everything, kind of like the song that gave this movie its title. Emily Ratajkowski shows up as Efron’s love interest, who also happens to be the girlfriend of his mentor, a successful DJ played by Wes Bentley.
This is the second trailer to recently debut about an ambitious young man who longs for stardom behind the decks. The first one was Eden, which is mostly set in Europe’s electronic music scene and show’s that continent’s more elegant approach to that subculture than America’s jacked-up neon version, which you can witness above.
We Are Your Friends hits theaters on August 28.