"Red Rocket" combines Baker with actor Simon Rex and cameraman Drew Daniels from "Waves".
Sean Baker is about to close Red Rocket, a dark comedy he secretly shot in Texas. Variety reported the news first, adding that production of "Red Rocket" will be completed before the end of the month. The plot details for the film are kept under lock and key. "Red Rocket" plays the franchise veteran Simon Rex from "Scary Movie". No other actors are currently known. Baker often works with non-actors, so it wouldn't be surprising if the cast consists largely of unknown talent.
Baker was most recently in theaters with “The Florida Project,” which debuted with great success in the “Directors Fortnight” sidebar of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. A24 released "The Florida Project" in the US for $ 5.9 million gross. The indie ended its run globally at $ 11 million. At the Oscars, “The Florida Project” received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor thanks to Willem Dafoe's performance.
For each variety, Red Rocket has been "independently funded and will seek distribution". Baker wrote the script with frequent contributor, Chris Bergoch, who co-wrote The Florida Project, Tangerine, and Starlet. Baker also acts as a producer alongside Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks and Shih-Ching Tsou.
In perhaps the most exciting piece of information revealed about the project, Baker hired aspiring cinematographer Drew Daniels to help him film "Red Rocket." Daniels was recently awarded the DP for Trey Edward Shult's "Waves", an A24 publication. Daniels and Shults also worked together on "Krisha" and "It Comes At Night". Additional credits from the cameraman include "Arizona," "The Boy from Medellin," and two episodes of HBO's Emmy-winning series, "Euphoria."
Strain Reports: "Work on Red Rocket began when Hollywood and the independent film community that Baker is part of are trying to figure out a way to keep movies safe during the coronavirus." The film uses industry standard security protocols. "
In his 2017 Cannes A-Review of The Florida Project, IndieWires' chief critic Eric Kohn described Baker as "one of the most innovative American directors at work today" and "a major advocate of the stories this country often misses" which means “Red Rocket” is one of the most anticipated indies in the pipeline.