August 31, 2015


Watch Taylor Swift's Zebra-Tastic "Wildest Dreams" Video Now

Update (8/30): Would Taylor Swift break her promise? Not in her wildest dreams: the singer premiered her new music video for “Wildest Dreams” at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, and though it might not equal "Bad Blood" for its formidable list of guest stars, it's an easily welcomed entry into the Swift video canon.

The throwback clip finds Swift and co-star Scott Eastwood (yup, Clint's son) as star-crossed lovers shooting a film together, but as it turns out, they end up developing real feelings off-screen, as well—something that takes them all the way to the film premiere, though Swift is left in tears by its end.

The release of “Wildest Dreams” precedes what could be a big night for the country-turned-pop star, with multiple nominations at the VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for her star-studded “Bad Blood.” She won for Best Pop Video during the pre-show for "Blank Space."

Original Story (8/23): The fifth video from Taylor Swift's still-unstoppable 1989, you might have heard, is going to be "Wildest Dreams." And how's Taylor planning to follow up "Bad Blood" and its endless array of badass models, musicians and Hollywood-types?

The Twitter preview, below, doesn't really answer the question. We can see there'll be zebras aplenty, a vaguely ominous dove, a small aircraft and Taylor's blue eye(s). Also: Notebook-ish rain-romance, which is fitting considering that her vid-bae is Scott Eastwood, who was in a different Nicholas Sparks film, The Longest Ride, this year. (He's also Clint Eastwood's son; he'll star up in next year's DC Universe villain movie Suicide Squad.)

Through the powers of pause technology, we thought we deduced that "Wildest Dreams" would be helmed by one G. Musterhausen; googling reveals that to be Gustaf Von Musterhausen, who is a fictional director name-checked in Muse's "Knights of Cydonia" video nine years ago. He has quite the bio, and he is also the creation of nonfictional director Joseph Kahn, who helmed both "Cydonia" and "Wildest Dreams," as well as T-Swift's "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space." On Sunday he revealed that the clip was shot somewhere in Africa:

The "Wildest Dreams" video will premiere with MTV's VMAs pre-show this Sunday, Aug. 30. Miley Cyrus is hosting the show; Taylor is nominated nine times, coming in only behind Kendrick Lamar, who's got 13 noms.