Eddington | Ari Aster’s latest film begins production with a starry ensemble cast

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As cameras roll on Hereditary director Ari Aster’s latest production, the full cast is announced. As ensembles go, the one for Eddington is something to behold.

Production on Ari Aster’s latest film is a go. Cameras have begun rolling on Eddington, the next project from the talented filmmaker who has bought us Hereditary, Midsommar and Beau Is Afraid. The film is being described as a ‘Western-noir dark ensemble comedy’ and as with all of his projects, is being backed by trendy production company A24.

We’re not sure quite what to make of that description, but there’s no doubt that Aster has the ‘ensemble’ part of that description covered. Along with announcing the commencement of production on social media, Aster also revealed the cast that he has assembled for the film and it boasts some serious acting talent.

Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Pedro Pascal, Austin Butler, Luke Grimes, Deirdre O’Connell, Michael Ward, and Clifton Collins Jr are just some of the names set to appear in Eddington. Unsurprisingly, the story sounds just as intriguing too: ‘Set during the pandemic, the story centers on a couple on a road trip through New Mexico to Los Angeles where they run out of gas outside of a small town named Eddington. They decide to enter the town for help, and are greeted warmly and treated nicely at first. But the picturesque setting soon turns dark and nightmarish when nightfall arrives.’

Production is taking place in New Mexico with the film expected to release sometime next year. Darius Khondji, the director of photography behind films such as Mickey 17, Uncut Gems and The Lost City of Z is behind the camera.

Aster’s last film, Beau is Afraid really failed to connect with audiences theatrically, something the filmmaker talked about late last year. Every filmmaker is shaped by their previous experience so it will be intriguing to see how Aster responds to the first real disappointment of his career. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.

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