First look and plot synopsis lands for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things

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Yorgos Lanthimos has released a first look at Poor Things, the Frankenstein-style story featuring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe.

Yorgos Lanthimos set up his next film at 20th Century Studios, the same place that he collaborated with on 2018’s The Favourite. That film performed well both critically and commercially and as such, it was no surprise that Lanthimos was able to bring together a very talented ensemble cast for what looks like a very promising new feature.

What is a little more surprising is the time things seem to have taken to come together. Casting news was happening all the way back in 2021. As it stands, we won’t be getting the film until September of this year.

We do know that Emma Stone will be involved, with the actor reuniting with Lanthimos following her Oscar-winning work in his last film. Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo round out the main players and anticipation will surely be high to see what Lanthimos is cooking up this time. Along with a brief teaser which boasts some pretty bold production design, a synopsis has also been released.

Here’s the 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.’

With the delay of Poor Things, it’s looking like Lanthimos now has two Emma Stone-led films that could be ready to go in the same year, the other being And. Filming finished on that project back in December and it’s been in post-production ever since. Will we see two Lanthimos films in the final quarter of 2023? Unlikely but hopefully, they won’t be too far apart. Here’s that first look below…

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