Emma Stone is quickly becoming Yorgos Lanthimos‘ favorite actress, as the star of The Favourite and Lanthimos’ upcoming Poor Things is set to reunite with the Greek director for And.
Yes, that’s the title of the Searchlight Pictures movie, which will co-star Jesse Plemons and reunite Stone with her Poor Things co-stars Margaret Qualley, and Willem Dafoe.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Lanthimos co-wrote the script with Efthimis Filippou, and he’s also producing alongside Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures as well as Kasia Malipan. Ollie Madden and Daniel Battsek will executive produce for Film4, which is co-financing the project, having developed the script in tandem with Element.
Richard Ruiz and Peter Spencer will oversee the project for Searchlight, while Ben Coren, Alice Whittemore, and Madden will oversee on behalf of Film4. Production is slated to start later this month in New Orleans.
Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield described And as “another truly original project” from Lanthimos, while producers Guiney and Lowe boasted of having a “brilliant script” in a joint statement. Lanthimos’ work is certainly distinct, and Searchlight clearly believes in the filmmaker, having previously partnered with Film 4 and Element on Poor Things and The Favourite, the latter of which was nominated for 10 Oscars.
Lanthimos broke out with his Oscar-nominated 2009 movie Dogtooth, which he followed with Alps before making his English-language debut with The Lobster. He would reunite with star Colin Farrell two years later for the bizarre but superior feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
Stone earned her third Oscar nomination for The Favourite, having won the Best Actress prize for La La Land. She’ll soon be seen in Poor Things and the showtime series The Curse, which she’s producing alongside A24.
Dafoe recently starred in Robert Eggers‘ The Northman, Guillermo del Toro‘s Nightmare Alley, Wes Anderson‘s The French Dispatch, and the mega-blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home. He can currently be seen opposite Christoph Waltz in Walter Hill‘s western Dead for a Dollar.
Plemons is coming off an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn in Jane Campion‘s The Power of the Dog., and he’ll soon be seen as the lead in Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon. His other recent credits include Searchlight’s Antlers, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, and the Oscar-nominated Judas and the Black Messiah.
Qualley is fresh off an Emmy nomination for her acclaimed performance in Netflix’s limited series Maid, and she’ll soon be seen alongside Joe Alwyn in Claire Denis‘ drama The Stars at Noon. She has also wrapped The Substance, which is Coralie Fargeat‘s follow-up to her excellent thriller Revenge.
Lanthimos is represented by CAA, while Stone repped by Anonymous Content and WME, the latter of which also reps Dafoe along with Circle of Confusion. Qualley is repped by UTA and Linden Entertainment, while Plemons is repped by TalentWorks. Deadline broke the news.