emma stone and willem dafoe

Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone are in talks to star together in the upcoming film Poor Things. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is helming the project, the film is being adapted from the Alasdair Gray novel. Tony McNamara will adapt the script which is being produced by Searchlight, Film4, and Element Pictures along with Stone and Lanthimos.

The film is described as,

“Victorian tale of love, discovery and scientific daring, Poor Things tells the incredible story of Belle Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by an eccentric but brilliant scientist.”

Emma Stone will be playing Belle, no word on who William Dafoe will be portraying, but it would be really interesting and fitting to see him portray the maniacal scientist. I don’t recall Stone and Dafoe ever appearing on screen together, so this will be really interesting to see and I for one am a big fan of both of these individuals.

Want to know more? Check out the synopsis for the novel below,

One of Alasdair Gray’s most brilliant creations, Poor Things is a postmodern revision of Frankenstein that replaces the traditional monster with Bella Baxter – a beautiful young erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant. Godwin Baxter’s scientific ambition to create the perfect companion is realized when he finds the drowned body of Bella, but his dream is thwarted by Dr. Archibald McCandless’s jealous love for Baxter’s creation.

The hilarious tale of love and scandal that ensues would be “the whole story” in the hands of a lesser author (which in fact it is, for this account is actually written by Dr. McCandless). For Gray, though, this is only half the story, after which Bella (a.k.a. Victoria McCandless) has her own say in the matter. Satirizing the classic Victorian novel, Poor Things is a hilarious political allegory and a thought-provoking duel between the desires of men and the independence of women, from one of Scotland’s most accomplished author.

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