FILM SCHOOL REJECTS – This will be the third collaboration between the actress and director, who were both Oscar-nominated for their work on ‘The Favourite.’
When you find a director you enjoy working with, you’ll do anything you can with them. That’s how great filmmaker and actor pairing happen. If they also make creative works unlike anything else in the business, let alone anything you’re offered, and they’ve gotten an Oscar-nominated performance out of you, all the better. It’s no wonder that Emma Stone is reuniting with Yorgos Lanthimos for two upcoming film projects.
The first one isn’t something that will be widely seen, unfortunately. Announced a year ago, Lanthimos was invited to create a special installation for the Greek National Opera and the Greek cultural nonprofit Neon (no connection to the film distributor) as part of their The Artist on the Composer series. Stone stars in the short film alongside Damien Bonnard (Les Misérables), which is scheduled to be presented with a live orchestra this September after being delayed from last year.
The second project is Lanthimos’ next feature, which has been listed in Production Weekly as coming together for a fall 2021 shoot. Stone will star in the film, an adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s postmodern Victorian-era-set novel Poor Things, as a pregnant woman who drowns herself to escape her abusive husband and is then resurrected, Frankenstein-style, but her brain has been replaced by that of her unborn child. What, you thought the plot of a Lanthimos film would be anything but bizarre?
Poor Things will be scripted by Tony McNamara, who also co-wrote The Favourite and Stone’s upcoming Disney movie Cruella, and released by The Favourite distributor, Searchlight Pictures. The hope is that we’ll be able to see it as early as fall 2022.