Ari Aster’s next project to be a Western-noir dark ensemble comedy

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Eddington is set to shoot this summer, marking Midsommar and Hereditary director Ari Aster’s continued move away from horror. 

Ari Aster may have made a splash in the horror genre with his first two films, but if reports are accurate it looks like the filmmaker is continuing to move beyond the genre with his next planned feature. One month from today, the director of Hereditary and Midsommar is about to unleash Beau Is Afraid in the UK, a mind-bending mix of comedy, drama and horror featuring Joaquin Phoenix. Following that, it looks like Aster may be moving into a range of other genres.

According to World of Reel, Aster’s regular cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski confirmed this week that they would be shooting Eddington later this summer, presumably onc Aster has completed his promotional duties for Beau Is Afraid. Given the high critical esteem with which Aster’s projects are held, we’d imagine that a number of Hollywood’s finest have had their agents on the phone to the filmmaker, but no casting details have been revealed yet.

Aster himself has hinted that this project would be next and now we seem to have that confirmed, seemingly with a production date too. The filmmaker has talked about the project in the past, saying “although it’s sort of a – I don’t know if you’d call it a revisionist western. It’s contemporary; one foot is in the western and one foot is even more heavily in the noir genre. So it’s like a film noir ensemble western dark comedy.”

It sounds like the kind of ambitious project that Aster has come to be known for and we’re excited to see where it leads. However Beau Is Afraid fares critically and commercially, it’s sure to be visually and thematically intriguing and along with filmmakers such as Jordan Peele and Damian Chazelle, we’re happy to see artists like Aster remain fully committed to using cinema as an exploration for rich ideas. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.

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