A24 only recently released two new horrors: Ti West’s Xwhich follows a group of pornstars harassed by an elderly couple, and Halina Reijn Body Body Body, about a group of young people in their twenties who turn around at a party. Now the indie entertainment company has another horror coming, titled Men.
The trailer for Men is as weird as one would expect from an A24 film. Beginning quietly, to the tune of Lesley Duncan’s “Love Song,” viewers watch as a woman (Jessie Buckley) gets acquainted with the beautiful country home she’s renting, before things take a dark turn. Suddenly, the woman remembers her late husband’s (presumed) suicide and feels guilty by the male villagers who stalk her and, chillingly, share the face of the innkeeper (Rory Kinnear). It’s a terrifying premise that makes viewers want to know more. Fortunately, here are some answers to these questions.
Men is written and directed by British novelist and filmmaker Alex Garland. As a novelist, Garland is best known as the author of the 1996 bestselling novel The beach, which was adapted into a 2000 film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Garland also wrote screenplays for Boyle’s films. 28 days later and Sunshineand for movies Never let Me Go and Dred. He made his directorial debut with the Oscar-winning sci-fi film Ex-Machina, about a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) who falls in love with a female robot (Alicia Vikander). His second film, Annihilation, is also a science fiction film, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name. Garland also wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller series Developers for Hulo.
The director will be joined by cinematographer Rob Hardy, who collaborated with Garland on Ex-Machina, Annihilationand Developers. Hardy won a Bafta for his work on the film directed by John Crowley Boy Awhich stars Andrew Garfield as a convicted child killer. Men will be produced by Cahal Bannon, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.
A24 described Men as a “febrile, shape-shifting new horror movie”. As shown in the trailer, it follows a widowed woman, Harper (Jessie Buckley), who retires to the English countryside after the death of her husband (Paapa Essiedu). Here, she comes up against a giant problem that prevents her from healing: men. It seems that the male villagers insist on reminding her of her trauma and blame her for it too. But not only that – they hunt her down too. And when she voices her concerns, they turn her on.
Harper meets several men in the trailer, and aside from her late husband, all share the face of innkeeper Geoffrey. These other versions of Geoffrey are a priest, a bartender, a pub goer, a policeman, and a schoolboy (whose CGI face might be the scariest thing of them all).
The star of Men, Jessie Buckley, is an actress to watch. After making his big screen debut as Moll Huntford in the British psychological thriller BeastBuckley has since had starring roles in wild roseabout an aspiring country singer from Glasgow, and I’m thinking of ending things, about a young woman whose journey to meet her boyfriend’s parents becomes strange. For his last film, lost girlwhere she played the younger version of Olivia Coleman’s Leda, she was nominated for an Oscar but lost the award to Ariana DeBose who won Best Supporting Actress in the role of Anita in Steven Spielberg. West Side Story.
Rory Kinnear, who plays most of the men in Menis known for his role as Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantum of Comfort, celestial fall, Spectrumand no time to die. Kinnear also starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Detective Nock in The imitation game. As for Paapa Essiedu, who plays Harper’s husband, the actor had a small role as Sergeant Campbell in Murder on the Orient Expressbut is best known for playing Kwame in the award-winning British miniseries I can destroy you; a role for which he himself earned Primetime Emmy and Bafta nominations.
Men is slated to hit theaters on May 20, and fans of Garland and Buckley will be pleased to know that they have other projects to come as well. Earlier this year, it was announced that Alex Garland is writing and directing a new film, titled Civil war. Like with Men, Civil war will be released by A24, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it will be an action movie in the near future, starring Kirsten Dunst (The power of the dog), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Stephen McKinley (lady bird), and Cailee Spaeny (Easttown Mare).
Buckley, on the other hand, is expected to star in women who talkan upcoming American drama based on Miriam Toews’ 2008 novel of the same name. women who talk follows a group of women struggling with their faith after being sexually assaulted by the male members of their religious colony. The film, written and directed by Sarah Polley, will also star actresses Frances McDormand (nomadland), Rooney Mara (Carol), Claire Foy (The crown), Judith Ivey (Devil’s advocate), Sheila McCarthy (Two days later) and Michelle McLeod (Don’t talk to Irene).
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