The teaser for Jim Carrey's first film in four years has been released - and it's spine-chillingly dark.

The actor, whose long-term Irish girlfriend Cathriona White died tragically in 2015, is best known for his screwball comedies - but his latest flick is a major departure from the roles we traditionally see him in.

"Dark Crimes" - which released exclusively on DIRECTV on April 19th and will be expanding to select theaters and VOD on May 18th - tells the story of a police officer determined to find a link between a Polish murder mystery and a leading crime writer whose work bears remarkable similarity to the crime.

The film, directed by Alexandros Avranas, was inspired by an infamous New Yorker article written by  David Grann entitled True Crimes: A Postmodern Murder Mystery.

Carrey's last leading role in a narrative film was "Dumb and Dumber 2" in 2014.

After the highly publicized death of Tipperary native White, the actor made a move away from Hollywood and explored other endeavors such as painting. He was also involved in the making of a critically acclaimed documentary charting the life of Andy Kaufman.