The first strike related domino for the impending awards season has fallen today. Challengers, the Luca Guadagnino film starring Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O’Connor, was set to be released in September, following a late August festival debut. Scratch that, however, as the movie has abandoned those plans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Challengers is now a 2024 release. Moreover, due to the Actors Strike, it’s going to skip going to the Venice Film Festival. Debuting at Venice was supposed to be how this movie staked its early claim to Oscar attention. Now? Look for it at a festival next year. Without the ability to have the cast, led obviously by Zendaya, on the red carpets, MGM clearly felt holding back was the move to make.