Poor Things: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and All You Need to Know

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“Poor Things,” the much-anticipated film by Greek auteur filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, is set to be a highlight of 2023’s cinematic offerings. This gothic science fiction romance promises to be a thought-provoking addition to Lanthimos’ unique body of work. For those eagerly awaiting this cinematic gem, here’s a glimpse of what we know so far about “Poor Things.”

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Release Date Delay and World Premiere

Originally scheduled for a September 8, 2023 release, “Poor Things” faced a delay due to ongoing strikes in the entertainment industry. Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait too long, as the film is now set to hit theaters on December 8, 2023. However, lucky attendees of the 80th Venice Festival, running from August 30 to September 9, will get to witness the world premiere of Lanthimos’ creation.

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Unraveling the Cast

Emma Stone, who previously collaborated with Yorgos Lanthimos on “The Favourite,” reteams with the director to play the lead role of Bella Baxter in “Poor Things.” Stone’s outstanding performance in “The Favourite” earned her an Oscar nomination, and her return to Lanthimos’ world is highly anticipated. The successful partnership between Lanthimos and Stone is further solidified by their upcoming project, an anthology film titled “AND,” featuring many of the same actors from “Poor Things.”

The supporting cast of “Poor Things” is equally impressive. Willem Dafoe takes on the role of Dr. Godwin Baxter, the enigmatic scientist central to the film’s plot. Mark Ruffalo portrays the character Duncan Wedderbum, a lawyer entangled in the story’s intricate web. Christopher Abbott, known for “Catch-22,” steps into the shoes of Sir Aubrey de la Pole Blessington. The ensemble cast also includes Ramy Youssef, Jarod Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, and Margaret Qualley, adding depth and talent to the film’s lineup.

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Behind the Scenes

Yorgos Lanthimos directs “Poor Things” from a script penned by Tony McNamara, the writer of “The Favourite.” Lanthimos’ work, including the critically acclaimed “Dogtooth” and his Academy Award-nominated films, has cemented his reputation as a visionary filmmaker. Renowned cinematographer Robbie Ryan, who previously collaborated with Lanthimos on “The Favourite,” contributes his expertise to the project, enhancing its visual storytelling. Yorgos Mavropsaridis, the editor of Lanthimos’ previous works, joins the team to shape the film’s narrative.

The production of “Poor Things” boasts a team of accomplished producers, including Lanthimos himself, Ed Guiney, Ali Herting, Andrew Lowe, Dave McCary, and Emma Stone. Co-producers Ildiko Kemeny, Kasia Malipan, David Minkowski, and line producer Mónika Nagy contribute to the film’s development and execution.

Unveiling the Plot

“Poor Things” offers a unique reimagining of the Frankenstein story, focusing on Bella Baxter, a young woman revived by the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Bella’s brain is replaced with that of an infant, leading to confusion about her identity and the world around her. Under Dr. Godwin’s guidance, Bella embarks on a quest to relearn the intricacies of life. However, she can’t escape the feeling of being trapped and lost. Her otherworldly adventure begins when she encounters Duncan Wedderburn, a shady lawyer.

Set against the backdrop of a time marked by diverse shapes and societal prejudices, Bella’s journey unfolds. Her quest for answers and liberation takes her through a landscape of shifting identities and profound introspection. The novel, adapted from Alasdair Gray’s 1992 award-winning work, is a tapestry of unreliable narrators, presenting varying accounts of the story’s events. Themes of identity, social inequality, feminism, human relationships, and memory are explored with a darkly humorous lens, interweaving historical events and multiple genres.

The Filming Location

Principal photography for “Poor Things” commenced in Hungary in August 2021 and concluded by the end of the same year. The choice of location adds depth and authenticity to the film’s period setting.

As “Poor Things” prepares for its world premiere and subsequent theatrical release, audiences eagerly await the opportunity to delve into the enigmatic world created by Yorgos Lanthimos. The film promises to be a cinematic journey filled with intrigue, thought-provoking themes, and stellar performances from its talented cast.

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