Lanthimos' new film is "Poor Things", a reinterpretation of the classic Frankenstein story.
Rian Johnson has been raving about the cast announcements for "Knives Out 2" (Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Dave Bautista, etc.) for days, but he's not the only filmmaker to put together a dream cast. Enter "Poor Things", the new film from "The Lobster" and "The Favorite" visionary Yorgos Lanthimos. Variety confirms that Jerrod Carmichael is the latest addition to the Poor Things line-up, which includes Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef.
"Poor Things" is set in Victorian England and is described as the riff in the classic Frankenstein story. Stone, who reunites with Lanthimos after "The Favorite," plays a young woman named Belle Baxter, who is led by an eccentric and brilliant scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Dafoe), being brought back to life. This is the only official plot released at this time, although the plot is teased as "a story of love, discovery, and scientific daring starring Youssef as Max McCandless, Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn and Carmichael as Harry Astley".
The screenplay for "Poor Things" was written by Tony McNamara, who is currently the showrunner of "The Great" and an Oscar nominee, thanks to his role as co-writer of Lanthimos "The Favorite." According to Collider, the script is based on a book by Scottish author Alasdair Gray. In the novel, the character Victoria Blessington drowns to escape her abusive husband and is resurrected as Belle Baxter, "a beautiful, volatile erotomaniac who is brought back to life with a child's brain."
"Poor Things" is the second collaboration between Lanthimos and Stone, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for "The Favorite," and the third collaboration between Stone and McNamara, as the author also co-wrote the upcoming "Cruella". The new film is supported by Searchlight, Element Pictures and Film4. Searchlight Pictures released The Favorite for $ 34 million in the US and $ 95 million worldwide, as well as 10 Oscar nominations (including "Best Picture" and "Best Director").
Dafoe, Ruffalo, Youssef and Carmichael will all make their Lanthimos debuts with "Poor Things". Carmichael got the year off to a great start with the Sundance premiere of his directorial debut, On the Count of Three, which Annapurna picked up. Youssef is currently working on the third season of his Hulu series "Ramy", while Dafoe has Robert Egger's "The Northman" on his calendar for April 2022.
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