On a special edition of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista for a spoiler-filled discussion of writer/director Ari Aster‘s new film, Midsommar. Then, you’ll hear interviews with Aster and actors Will Poulter and Jack Reynor. Read More »
Hereditary writer/director Ari Aster is back with his second feature film, Midsommar, a hypnotic descent into an unfamiliar world. The plot centers on a group of Americans who visit a commune in rural Sweden and quickly learn that things aren’t quite what they appear. 26-year-old actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, We’re The Millers) plays Mark, an American who’s quick with a joke and who views the trip primarily as an opportunity to do drugs and get laid. Sadly for Mark, this isolated community isn’t the sex utopia he envisioned, and the visitors’ situation becomes increasingly fraught the more time they spend there.
I sat down with Poulter at the Midsommar press junket last week to talk about his “problematic” character, if he bristles at the idea of being referred to as the “comedic relief” in the film, why the movie’s messages resonated with him, and more. Read More »
Netflix is preparing a belated Christmas present with the slow unveiling of the highly anticipated Black Mirror movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. We’re steadily learning more about this mystery Black Mirror project, which has already been reported to be a choose-your-own-adventure movie. Now, new reports suggest that this movie could contain about five hours worth of footage, which we could see as soon as this week.
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Hereditary director Ari Aster already has his next horror film set up at A24, and the cast is starting to take shape. Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Florence Pugh will star in the film, which has a synopsis that seems heavily inspired by the cult classic The Wicker Man (the original; not the one with Nic Cage and the bees). More on Ari Aster’s new horror movie below.
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Detroit was Kathryn Bigelow‘s first feature film since 2012’s acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, but the harrowing historical drama didn’t seem to have nearly as big an impact as Annapurna Pictures had hoped. The film garnered middling box office and mixed reviews and seemed to have faded from everyone’s memory after it left theaters. Now, sensing that this year’s Oscar race is slightly underwhelming, Annapurna is giving Bigelow’s film another chance with a re-release, and a new Detroit trailer has arrived to signal the new awards season push.
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A few days ago, the news broke that Warner Bros. is developing a movie that would explore the origin story for The Joker. And while this Todd Phillips-drected, Martin Scorsese-produced project (!) sounds like a profoundly bad idea on many levels, it got the /Film staff talking. Who would you cast as the young version of Batman’s arch-nemesis? And more specifically, who would you cast as the young Joker in a movie that will be a standalone film unconnected to the larger DCEU and therefore untethered to Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad?
So we put our brains together and came up with 14 names. These are not the actors that we think would actually be cast as a young Joker. Instead, these are the actors we’d like to see cast as a young Joker. After all, if they’re going to make this movie, they might as well cast someone interesting in the lead.
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Detroit has released a gripping and provocative final trailer in anticipation of its August release.
The Kathryn Bigelow-directed movie delves into the events surrounding the Algiers Motel, in which three black men and two white women were killed during a police raid, with nine other people brutally beaten. The Detroit final trailer offers to reveal “what really happened” during the 1967 Detroit race riots.
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It’s been a big month for The Revenant. Not only did the movie and its director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu take home awards at the Golden Globes last Sunday, but last week also brought 12 Oscar nominations for the film and its crew, celebrating almost every department who worked on the frontier epic. If you’ve been curious about how the movie was made and haven’t heard the endless stream of conversation about how difficult it was to make, a batch of nine new featurettes dive into the making of The Revenant. Read More »
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Warner Bros has been trying to remake Stephen King‘s It for over six years now. The project, now at New Line, was most recently going to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), but the filmmaker left the project after clashing with the studio. But now New Line has found a new filmmaker for their It adaptation: Andrés Muschietti (also known as Andy Muschietti), the director behind the Universal horror hit Mama.
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The enduring image from the television adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It has been Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. For all the failures of that mini-series, Curry’s Pennywise remains bizarre and frightening. He’s perhaps even more unsettling in still images than in motion, thanks in part to his Buster Poindexter-like approach to the character.
Now, the new version of It, a two-film affair to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will feature a very different vision of Pennywise. This time the clown will be played by Will Poulter, of The Maze Runner, We’re the Millers, and Son of Rambow. And evidently it was the Will Poulter Pennywise audition that swayed the director away from much older actors. Read More »