Searchlight Pictures has released an extended look at Yorgos Lanthimos‘ latest feature, Poor Things. Based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray, and with a screenplay written by Tony McNamara, the film boasts an all-star cast comprised of Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Jerrod Carmichael, Margaret Qualley, and Kathryn Hunter.
Here is the plot synopsis:
“From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.”
Our editor-in-chief, Joey Magidson, had the chance to watch the film during its Telluride Film Festival run, and praised not only Stone’s performance, but Lanthimos’ direction as the best of their respective careers: “Poor Things is the best work to date from not only star Emma Stone but Lanthimos as well. They trust each other implicitly and it shows in the final product. Daring and wild, but also incredibly playful, their spin on the Frankenstein tale is unlike anything you’ve seen, even if the narrative won’t necessarily surprise you. In their hands, you’re safe, provided of course that you don’t get offended easily.” You can read his full review of the movie here.
You can watch the extended look below and see the movie in theatres on December 8: