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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone in Talks for ‘Frankenstein’-Esque ‘Poor Things’ from Yorgos Lanthimos

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is next set to adapt Alasdair Gray’s 1992 book Poor Things for the screen, a Frankenstein-esque tale that now has two big names in talks to star. Deadline reports this week that Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse) and Emma Stone (Cruella) are in talks to headline the cast of Searchlight and Film4’s movie.

Deadline details, “The film will be a Victorian tale of love, discovery and scientific daring. Poor Things tells the incredible story of Belle Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by an eccentric but brilliant scientist.”

Wikipedia recaps the book’s storyline in further detail…

“The main body of the work centres on Bella Baxter, a woman whose early life and identity are the subject of some ambiguity. That ambiguity is complicated by her husband Archibald McCandless’s autobiography, “Episodes from the Early Life of a Scottish Public Health Officer,” which distorts the truth about his life with Bella. This is followed by Bella’s (or Victoria’s) refutation of its facts, suggesting that her “poor fool” of a husband has concocted a life for her from the prevailing gothic and romantic motifs of the period: it “positively stinks of all that was morbid in that most morbid of centuries”. This is reinforced by the novel’s intricate echoes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

“These fictitious historical documents are prefaced with an introduction by one Alasdair Gray, who presents himself as the editor of the following text, and relates the ‘discovery’ of the papers by his real-life friends, Michael Donnelly and Elspeth King. The introduction also hosts a critique of Glasgow City Council’s treatment of its culture and heritage in the neglect of the local history museum, and a brief mention of Glasgow’s time as the European Capital of Culture in 1990, which would be the subject of a more sustained satire in his novel Something Leather.”

Tony McNamara is writing the script.



source https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3655401/willem-dafoe-emma-stone-talks-frankenstein-esque-poor-things-yorgos-lanthimos/

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