Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video Teaser Is Very ‘Sin City’
UPDATE: Taylor Swift has shared a second poster of her "Bad Blood" character, Catastrophe -- see it at the bottom of the page. The latest promo pits Swift's Catastrophe against Karlie Kloss' Knockout, one of the many celeb-helmed characters who will appear in the music video when it premieres Sunday (May 17) on the Billboard Music Awards.
The country-gone-pop star teased her upcoming "Bad Blood" video this morning (May 7), with the above Instagram photo and the caption "Meet Catastrophe." The video is produced by Taylor and directed by Joseph Kahn, the man behind Taylor's hilariously self-skewering "Blank Space" video (and Mariah Carey's "#Beatiful" video featuring Miguel, among many others).
The "Blank Space" video was a love story gone very wrong, while this one looks like it'll take things in a noirish direction: The image is reminiscent of the hyper-stylized Sin City movies, as well as Kanye West's "Paranoid" video starring Rihanna — but we're certain that Taylor will put her own fresh spin on the style.
With the tagline "Band-Aids Don't Fix Bullet Holes," we're guessing Swift's alter ego Catastrophe (CAT-astrophe? It's always about Meredith and Olivia with you, Tay!) will seek blood-spattered revenge on those who've wronged her. E! News reports that Cara Delevingne, Zendaya and Paramore's Hayley Williams were spotted on the set, so don't be surprised if they pop up too.
No word on whether the video will include a Katy Perry-esque adversary, as 1989 obsessives speculate that "Bad Blood" is about the two pop stars' frenemyship. Even if there's no faux-Katy in the visual, the award show cameras will likely intercut shots of Taylor dancing with extreme closeups of Katy's face in the audience.
You can watch the "Bad Blood" video premiere live on the Billboard Music Awards, Sunday May 17 at 8PM ET on ABC.
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