Stone will also lead Lanthimos’ upcoming spin on Frankenstein, “Poor Things,” alongside Mark Ruffalo, Margaret Qualley and Willem Dafoe.
Emma Stone has proven to be director Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Favorite” star.
The Oscar winner reunites with “The Favorite” author Lanthimos for the black-and-white short film “Bleat”. The film is the second work commissioned as part of the Greek national opera and nonprofit NEON program “The Artist on the Composer.” French actor Damien Bonnard is also starring.
“Bleat” will have its world premiere on May 6, accompanied by live music ensembles 6-8. May in Stavros Niarchos Hall at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Kallithea, Greece. Thodoros Mihopoulos acts as the cinematographer of the eerie short film; its plot is currently under wraps.
“Bleat” was recorded on the Greek island of Tinos in February 2020 with instrumental pieces by JS Bach / Knut Nystedt and Toshio Hosokawa, which will be performed live at the premiere arrangements of soloists Angelina Tkatcheva (cimbalom) and Wu Wei (sheng), “Maria Callas” the Quartet and the Chorus of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.
Star Stone received an Oscar nomination for Lanthimos’ “The Favorite,” which also garnered nominations for Best Picture and Best Director for the Director.
The collaborative film-making duo will also reunite for a female re-enactment of Frankenstein in “Poor Things,” also starring Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Ramy Youssef and Jerrod Carmichael. Stone is set to play Bella Baxter, “a fleeting, sugary, liberated woman and a female Frankenstein,” according to an official synopsis that resurfaces with the brain of her unborn child after drowning herself in order to escape her abusive husband.
“Poor Things” is written by “The Favorite” co-screenwriter Tony McNamara, who is also the showrunner for Hulus’ “The Great”. The film will be an adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s novel of the same name.
Stone also stars in the Disney sequel “Cruella 2” and is set to appear in Benny Safdie’s TV miniseries “The Curse,” a comedy about an alleged curse that threatens a newlywed couple’s relationship as they try to conceive while together. starring in their problematic home renovation show.
“Bleat” is Lanthimos’ fourth short film, after 2019’s “Nimic”, about a professional cellist whose encounter with a stranger has surreal consequences. The short film starred Matt Dillon, Daphne Patakia and Susan Elle and was released after “The Favorite”. “Bleat” marks Lanthimos’ first return to cinema after a three-year hiatus.
Watch the trailer for “Bleat” below.
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