Poor Things Release Date, Cast, And Plot – Everything We Know So Far

Director Yorgos Lanthimos has been working as a director since the mid-’90s. His first feature-length picture, “My Best Friend,” was released in 2001. “The Favourite,” Lanthimos’ 2018 black comic period drama, was a breakthrough for him. It was co-written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. ‘The Favourite’ was nominated for ten Academy Awards, with Colman taking home the best actress award.

However, Lanthimos’ newest film for Searchlight Pictures and Film4 may be superior to “The Favorite” (and all of its post-release glory). “Poor Things” is the title of the upcoming project, according to Deadline, and is based on Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel of the same name.

With Lanthimos’ help, certain important members of the “The Favourite” team will reunite to work on the film. Gray’s novel has been adapted into a film by McNamara. Another notable addition is “The Favourite’s” Emma Stone, who will appear in the film and produce it through her production company Fruit Tree Pictures.

Details on Release Date

‘Poor Things’ has no official release date as of yet. In contrast, IMDb lists a release date of 2022, which helps narrow things down. “The Favourite” by Yorgos Lathimos is a good place to start speculating on the release date. As of March 2017, “The Favourite’s” cast included Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Stone, Colman, and Rachel Weisz (via The Hollywood Reporter). According to IndieWire, the film’s production was completed a few months later. At the end of September, the film had its world debut at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a broader theatrical release in November 2018.

As of now, numerous actors have been cast in “Poor Things.” This is Yorgos Lanthimos’ feature-length follow-up to “The Favorite,” so both Searchlight Pictures and Film4 are sure to have awarded season ambitions for the film. “Poor Things” might be released in late 2022 after a debut at one or more autumn film festivals, based on this information and the preceding movie’s timetable.

Details on Casting Members

“Poor Things” was the first movie to include Emma Stone as a star. She was cast in February 2021, according to Production Weekly. As Belle Baxter, the Oscar-winning actress will take the lead role in the next film. A sequel to Disney’s “Cruella” and the Showtime comedy “The Curse” are on the horizon for Stone, who recently appeared in Disney’s live-action origin picture “Cruella” in 2021.

Following Stone’s casting, “Poor Things” has added a number of well-known actors to its cast. Was cast in March in the year 2021 as Willem Dafoe (via Deadline). Former Spider-Man Green Goblin Norman Osborn recently featured in 2019’s “The Lighthouse” and forthcoming Wes Anderson film “The French Dispatch.” Dr. Godwin Baxter, who reanimates Stone’s persona, will be played by Dafoe.

‘Deadline’ reports that Ramy Youssef was added to the cast barely one month after Dafoe did. IMDb notes that Youssef is most known for producing and acting in the Hulu series “Ramy,” but “Poor Things” will be his first major film role. Youssef’s role, like Dafoe’s, was mostly unknown in April. IMDb credits him as “Max McCandless,” hinting that he may represent Belle Baxter’s evil husband (Archibald McCandless, in Gray’s novel).

It wasn’t long until MCU’s Mark Ruffalo joined the project in 2021. Christopher Abbott joined the cast in September 2021, making him the most recent addition (via Deadline). After appearing on HBO’s Girls, Abbott appeared with George Clooney in Hulu’s “Catch-22.” She’s also appeared in a number of indie films, including “Black Bear” and “Possessor,” both of which will be released in 2020.

Details on Plotline

There is a reference to “Frankenstein reworking” in The Film Stage’s February 2021 report, and the Goodreads page for Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel. Our knowledge of “Poor Things” is based on these two sources. The narrative revolves around Victoria McCandless, a free-spirited lady who drowns herself to escape her violent husband’s grasp. Godwin Baxter, an eccentric scientist, revives her in the aftermath. After replacing her unborn child’s brain with Victoria’s, he alters Victoria’s name to “Bella Baxter.”

But when Bella’s envious husband learns of her presence, Godwin’s scientific aspirations are fulfilled. “Poor Things” is a humorous political allegory and a thought-provoking fight between men’s wants and women’s freedom, according to Goodreads.

We don’t know how closely the film adaptation will adhere to Gray’s novel, but it’s quite apparent there will be a lot to work with. Watch “Poor Things” on film for a weird yet fascinating interpretation.


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