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27 Mar 2024, 14:53

Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone in Kinds of Kindness

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Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Poor Things’ director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film, Kinds of Kindness, has already got its first trailer.

The film, due for release later this year, will present an anthology story starring Stone, Dafoe, Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie and Hunter Schafer.

Kinds of Kindness’ official synopsis describes the film as a “triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.”

As well as directing the film, Lanthimos - who has worked with Stone on The Favourite and Poor Things in the past, as well as on the short film Bleat - has also co-written its script with Efthimis Filippou, with whom he worked on The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Dogtooth.

As with any recent Yorgos Lanthimos film, audiences can likely expect a quirky picture with many surprises, and perhaps even another Acadmey Award nod for Stone. After all, her work in The Favourite won her a Supporting Actress nomination, and her leading turn in Poor Things last year won her the Lead Actress award at this year’s Oscars.

Poor Things also took home Oscars for best production design, best costume and best makeup and hair after it was nominated for 11 awards, including best picture.

Lanthimos’ The Favourite - which also starred Kinds of Kindness’ Joe Alwyn - earned 10 Oscar nominations, and again was successful in winning its lead actress - Olivia Colman - the best actress award.

Whether Kinds of Kindness is able to replicate the successes of the Greek filmmaker’s other recent work remains to be seen. But with the film expected to debut at Cannes this May, hopefully film fanatics won’t have too long to wait and see if it’s up to par with Lanthimos’ recent creations.