Yorgos Lanthimos Sets AND As New Film At Searchlight Pictures, Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, And Margaret Qualley To Star

Yorgos Lanthimos Sets AND As New Film At Searchlight Pictures, Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, And Margaret Qualley To Star

09/29/2022

EXCLUSIVE:  The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos and Searchlight Pictures are looking to stay in business with each other as the studio is greenlighting his next film AND and set Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, and Margaret Qualley to star. With a script developed by Element Pictures and Film4,  and penned by Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, the film is produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element, along with Kasia Malipan and Lanthimos. Ollie Madden and Daniel Battsek are executive producing for Film4. Film4 co-financed the project, which begins principal photography in New Orleans next month.

“Working with Yorgos continues to be a highlight for us at Searchlight, and this is yet another truly original project that sets his work apart,” said Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. “Working again with Emma, Willem, Jesse, and Margaret as well as Element and Film4 is just the icing on the cake.”

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Plot details are being kept under wraps.

The film marks another reunion for the filmmaker with Element Pictures, Searchlight and Film4 following their collaboration on the Academy Award-winning The Favourite and Poor Things, currently in post-production. AND is overseen by VP of Production Richard Ruiz and Director Development & Production Peter Spencer, reporting to Heads of Production and Development Katie Goodson-Thomas and DanTram Nguyen. The Director of Film4 Ollie Madden, Head of Development Ben Coren, and Production & Development Executive Alice Whittemore will oversee the project for Film4.

“This is our fifth film with Yorgos and we are delighted to re-unite once again with Searchlight and Film4 on this brilliant script by Yorgos and Efthmis. Yorgos has drawn an incredible cast and crew and we are dying to get started,” said Element’s Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe.

Lanthimos track record over the last decade has been nothing short of superb with credits that include The Lobster, which was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, both also produced by Element Pictures.  His feature Dogtooth won the “Un Certain Regard prize” at the 2009 Cannes film festival and was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Oscars. 

Stone also reunites following The Favourite for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. For Searchlight, she also previously starred in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Stone won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.  She will also star in Lanthimos’ upcoming Poor Things, and will next be seen starring in and producing, through her Fruit Tree banner, The Curse with Showtime and A24.

Dafoe recently starred in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley as well as Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, both for Searchlight. He has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards including for his roles in At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project, Shadow of the Vampire and Platoon. Dafoe’s upcoming projects include Walter Hill’s Dead for a Dollar, Vasilis Katsoupis’ Inside, Lanthimos’ Poor Things and Patricia Arquette’s Gonzo Girl. His recent projects also include Robert Eggers’ The Northman and Jon Watt’s Spiderman: No Way Home.

Plemons was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.  He also previously starred in Scott Cooper’s Antlers for Searchlight, and Jungle Cruise and Judas and the Black Messiah. Other critically acclaimed titles include The Irishman, Vice, The Post, Bridge of Spies, and The Master.  Plemons will next be seen starring in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

Qualley recently starred in Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon. Other recent critically acclaimed film credits Benedict Andrews’ Seberg and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  She is a Primetime Emmy Award nominee for her performance in “Maid”.

Lanthimos is represented by CAA; Stone is represented by Anonymous Content, WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole and Dafoe by WME and Circle of Confusion. Plemons is repped by TalentWorks and Legal Representative Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman and Qualley by UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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