Yorgos Lanthimos is set to make a comeback in the movie industry with not just one, but two new films, Poor Things and AND, both featuring Emma Stone. Although we won’t see the films until 2023, movie lovers are already buzzing with excitement. Poor Things, the first of the two, has been labeled as a Frankenstein-style Victorian drama.
The first images of Poor Things have been released, with Emma Stone taking on the lead role of Belle Baxter, a woman who is resurrected by the scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter, played by Willem Dafoe. However, Belle is not just brought back to life. The brilliant yet eccentric scientist replaces her brain with that of a baby. This premise alone is enough to attract Lanthimos fans, who will no doubt expect strange and unusual twists in the storyline.
Belle is filled with curiosity and eager to learn with Dr. Godwin Baxter. However, she soon meets Duncan Wedderburn, a cunning and rakish lawyer portrayed by Mark Ruffalo. Belle will fall for him and yearn to get away with him to experience other aspects of life that fascinate her.
Yorgos Lanthimos is known for never shying away from unusual and sometimes bizarre storylines that leave audiences feeling uncomfortable yet intrigued simultaneously. Titles like Canino (2009), Lobster (2015), and The Sacrifice of a Sacred Deer (2017) never failed to gain critical acclaim. Fans of his unique style and vision can’t wait to see what the director will come up with next.
With Poor Things, Lanthimos will combine his love for past centuries with his fondness for Emma Stone, whom he previously worked with in The Favorite. The film’s story will build on the classic aesthetics of the former film, with the new version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein further disrupting audiences’ preconceptions of what they think they know about Frankenstein’s story.
The release of Poor Things is scheduled for September 2023, but fans can already feel anticipation building with the release of the first images. The eccentricities of Lanthimos’ approach to filmmaking promise to deliver something fans of his work won’t want to miss.