Over the past decade Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has been making quite a name for himself in Hollywood. His 2017 film The Killing of a Sacred Deer getting three and a half out of four stars from renowned film critic Roger Ebert along with winning the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes Film Festival, prestigious feats for any filmmaker. His last film, The Favourite, released four years ago in 2018 and has been on a hiatus since then, likely inspired in part by the year and change of global quarantine that began early last year. He looks to be making his return however, and seemingly hopes to do it in tasteful fashion. Lanthimos is teaming up to produce and direct the project Poor Things alongside Searchlight Pictures and has enlisted the help of some stellar talent.
Poor Things is set to be based upon a novel written in 1992 by Scottish author Alasdair Gray that has been described as a Victorian-era Frankenstein. The story follows the story of Bella Baxter, who is set to be played by Emma Stone, who is brought back to life by an eccentric scientist and elects to reinvent her life after facing death and suffering severe health consequences as a result. The most recent addition to the upcoming film’s cast is Mark Ruffalo, Marvel veteran and fresh off his award winning performance in the HBO series I Know This Much Is True. The industry veteran has been enlisted to play the eccentric scientist previously discussed which is seemingly the perfect role for him following his stint as scientist Bruce Banner in countless Marvel films and certainly enriches an already promising project.
The addition of Ruffalo certainly beefs up an already star-studded cast. Along with Ruffalo and Stone, Lanthimos has enlisted the help of Hollywood veteran William Defoe to lend his talents to the upcoming project. With a team like this behind Poor Things it is virtually impossible for any avid movie goer to not be excited at the prospect. Though the film is still in pre-production at this time fans can be on the lookout for further details about Poor Things in the coming future.