Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ Is Straight Out Of Africa

emilee lindner, mtv.com
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Taylor Swift is a movie star in her latest video for “Wildest Dreams,” directed by Joseph Kahn.

The video, which premiered during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, follows Swift (in black hair!!!) and Scott Eastwood as on- and off-screen lovers who are shooting a movie in Africa — a reference to the 1985 movie “Out Of Africa.” But things go awry after a fight on set.

After a dozen cinematic shots of a cascading waterfall, Swift lounging with lion, a seagull flapping its wings and then some kissing in front of a zebra, we’re taken to Hollywood where the estranged lovers must premiere their film. They look each other’s way, but you know that it is over.

“Say you’ll remember me,” Swift sings in the song. “Standing in a white dress, staring at the sunset, babe.”

As Swift’s limo drives away into the moonlight, Eastwood runs after her. But it’s too late.