Director Yorgos Lanthimos has been working as a director since the mid-1990s. His first full-length film, ‘My Best Friend’, was released in 2001. ‘The Favourite’, Lanthimos’ black period comedy drama from 2018, was a breakthrough for him. It was co-written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. ‘The Favorite’ was nominated for ten Academy Awards, with Colman taking home the Best Actress award.
Lanthimos’ latest film for Searchlight Pictures and Film4 is arguably superior to “The Favorite” (and all its post-release glory). “Poor Things” is the title of the upcoming project, according to Deadline, and is based on Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel of the same name.
With the help of Lanthimos, several key members of the “The Favorite” team will reunite to work on the film. Gray’s novel has been made into a movie by McNamara. Another notable addition is Emma Stone of “The Favorite’s”, who will appear in the film and will be producing it through her production company Fruit Tree Pictures.
Release date details
‘Poor Things’ doesn’t have an official release date yet. IMDb, on the other hand, lists a 2022 release date, which helps narrow things down. Yorgos Lathimos’ “The Favourite” is a good place to speculate about the release date. As of March 2017, the cast of “The Favorite’s” included Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Stone, Colman and Rachel Weisz (via The Hollywood Reporter). According to IndieWire, production on the film was completed a few months later. The film made its world debut at the Venice Film Festival in late September, followed by a wider theatrical release in November 2018.
As of now, numerous actors have been cast in ‘Poor Things’. This is Yorgos Lanthimos’ sequel to “The Favourite”, so both Searchlight Pictures and Film4 will certainly have assigned season aspirations for the film. Based on this information and the timeline of the previous film, “Poor Things” could be released in late 2022 after debuting at one or more film festivals in the fall.
Details on casting members
“Poor Things” was the first film to star Emma Stone. She was cast in February 2021, according to Production Weekly. As Belle Baxter, the Oscar-winning actress will star in the next film. A sequel to Disney’s “Cruella” and the Showtime comedy “The Curse” are in the offing for Stone, who recently appeared in Disney’s live-action original movie “Cruella” in 2021.
After Stone’s casting, ‘Poor Things’ has added a number of well-known actors to the cast. Was cast as Willem Dafoe in March in the year 2021 (via Deadline). Former Spider-Man Green Goblin Norman Osborn recently starred in 2019’s “The Lighthouse” and Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie “The French Dispatch”. dr. Godwin Baxter, who resuscitates Stone’s persona, is played by Dafoe.
Deadline reports that Ramy Youssef was added to the cast barely a month after Dafoe did. IMDb notes that Youssef is best known for producing and acting on the Hulu series “Ramy”, but “Poor Things” will be his first major movie role. The role of Youssef, like that of Dafoe, was largely unknown in April. IMDb calls him “Max McCandless,” implying that he could represent Belle Baxter’s evil husband (Archibald McCandless, in Gray’s novel).
It wasn’t long before MCU’s Mark Ruffalo joined the project in 2021. Christopher Abbott joined the cast in September 2021, making him the most recent addition (via Deadline). After appearing on HBO’s Girls, Abbott appeared with George Clooney in Hulu’s “Catch-22.” She has also appeared in a number of indie films, including ‘Black Bear’ and ‘Possessor’, both of which will be released in 2020.
Details on Plotline
There is a reference to “Frankenstein reworking” in The Film Stage’s February 2021 report and on the Goodreads page for Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel. Our knowledge of “Poor Things” is based on these two sources. The story revolves around Victoria McCandless, a free-spirited lady who drowns herself to escape the clutches of her abusive husband. Godwin Baxter, an eccentric scientist, brings her to life in the aftermath. After replacing her unborn child’s brain with Victoria’s, he changes Victoria’s name to “Bella Baxter.”
But when Bella’s jealous husband learns of her presence, Godwin’s scientific aspirations are fulfilled. “Poor Things” is a humorous political allegory and a thought-provoking battle between the desires of men and the freedom of women, according to Goodreads.
We don’t know how much the film adaptation will tie in with Gray’s novel, but it’s clear there will be a lot to work with. Watch “Poor Things” on film for a strange but fascinating interpretation.
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