Peter Sarsgaard tests human obedience in Experimenter trailer

In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram began a series of experiments that tested whether people would be willing to follow orders that told them to deliver electric shocks to strangers. The frightening results made headlines, just as captured Nazi Adolph Eichmann was being tried for his genocidal crimes during World War II.

In Experimenter, Peter Sarsgaard stars as Milgram, shocking and “please continue”-ing participants, while also breaking the fourth wall with his philosophical commentary, Frank Underwood-style. “Why is defiance the anomaly instead of the norm?” he asks in the trailer. “The person has a choice.”

Experimenter, which also stars Winona Ryder, Anton Yelchin, and Kellan Lutz, is scheduled for a limited release and VOD on Oct. 16.

Jessica Toscano

Jessica is an LA based art director and producer who has worked for a variety of clients ranging from Dunkin Donuts to Marvel. With a background in dance, photography, and design, Jess brings a colorful yet minimalist approach to all her projects.

Her most recent producing work includes the anticipated feature documentary, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead directed by Justin Krook, making it's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. And two brand new web series in collaboration with the directing duo 2FridasGrowing Up Derby a coming of age series that follows the life of a Los Angeles youth roller derby team; the LA Junior Derby Dolls; and Inspiring Women Series, a series giving you glimpse into the lives and minds of women who have found happiness and success by being their authentic selves and following their hearts.