Have you ever wanted to spend seven minutes watching Elvis Presley’s granddaughter alternately drag Justin Timberlake through a desert and make out with him in her kitchen?
Then today is your day, my friend! Timberlake’s new ‘TKO’ music video bypasses the easy boxing theme for a moody, predictably sexy treatment from “skateboarder turned visual effects artist turned director” Ryan Reichenfeld. The hitmaker shares his screen with just one other person: 24-year-old Riley Keough, of Magic Mike (and, you know, “being Elvis’s granddaughter”) fame.
She pouts, she smolders behind the wheel of a pickup truck, she angrily tosses a bowl of salad to the ground — but thankfully, she doesn’t literally kill Timberlake with her “coo coochie coochie coo,” despite Timbaland’s protestations to the contrary.
Watch the clip below, then tell me if you agree that Reichenfeld’s kitchen tableau seems to be inspired by this 2002 Harlequin Blaze novel. Uh, not that I’ve read that book or anything.