Kirsten Dunst, who is grabbing awards season attention for her sensitive turn in “The Power of the Dog,” is playing an as-yet-unannounced lead role. Other cast members include Wagner Moura, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Cailee Spaeny. Henderson, a much-loved character actor recently seen on “Dune,” worked with Garland on “Devs” and gave one of the show’s most resonant performances as senior developer Stewart. Spaeny also had a memorable role opposite Henderson on “Devs,” as young male programmer Lyndon. “Civil War” will mark Moura’s first collaboration with Garland, although the actor has received accolades for starring as Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series “Narcos.”
This isn’t the only project A24 has in the works with Garland. He is also working on a film called “Men”, starring Jessie Buckley as a woman on vacation after the death of her ex-husband. As with all Garland projects, there are probably more “Men” than meets the eye.
A24 will be responsible for the worldwide release of “Civil War”, with production from Gregory Goodman, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Reich and Macdonald are producers at DNA Films & TV, which has also been involved in Garland’s previous projects, including “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation.”
Although the Garland projects have never been blockbusters, each to date has been utterly distinctive and compelling. There are few writer-directors I would book a ticket for based on a movie title alone, but over the past few years Garland has proven himself. While it’s unclear when “Civil War” will begin filming, “Men” reportedly already packed production, so Garland fans will still have something new and surprising to dig into soon.