Miley Cyrus has said that her work on an upcoming episode of Netflix's Black Mirror was "the first time I've left somewhere feeling really proud of my work." In a new trailer released on Tuesday (May 21), you get a sense of what Miley is feeling so good about. The minute-long teaser, titled "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too," focuses on Cyrus as the world-famous singer Ashley, who has been merchandised as a cuddly AI robot for kids called Ashley Too. Kind of an Alexa with pink hair… and, just maybe, a mind of her own.
Appearing on a chat show, Cyrus' Ashley introduces the doll as lonely girl Rachel (Angourie Rice) watches with rapt attention from her bedroom, reminding her fans, "It's really important to be who you want to be." Rachel, of course, snaps up an Ashley Too, who assures her "I'll be here for you," as the chipper soundtrack turns ominous and we see a glimpse of a stressed and depressed Ashley flipping through a notebook with the words "Junkets Suck" scrawled across one of the pages.
Ashley's team seems worried about her well-being, with a label honcho saying, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is" and another member of her team asking if they should "up the dose." The trailer snaps to a quick cut of a cop car zooming through traffic, Ashley performing with a big smile on her face and then laying in bed looking wan, lamenting, "It's getting so hard to keep doing this."
The montage then flips from Ashley being offered pills to her undergoing a brain scan and, finally, as the scenes speed up and get more frantic, Ashley Too screaming "get this cable out of my ass! Holy Shit! Pull it out!" as she begs Rachel to unplug the USB cord from her back end. What happens next? You'll have to tune in to Netflix on June 5 to find out.
The Cyrus trailer dropped on the same day as sneak peeks at the other two episodes in the upcoming fifth season. One, "Striking Vipers," features Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as old college friends who reconnect later in life, with Mackie taking center stage as a husband whose wife suspects something is going on with him. The other preview, "Smithereens," stars Andrew Scott as a cab driver "with an agenda who becomes the center of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of of control," according to a Netflix release.
Watch the Cyrus trailer below.