Nine Days, a Sony Pictures Classics release that finally makes its theatrical debut this Friday, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival a year and a half ago. This story of souls interviewing for the chance to live is mesmerizing and exceptionally-done.
In a talented cast that includes Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Tony Hale, and Bill Skarsgard, one particular standout is Benedict Wong. The British actor is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Wong in Doctor Strange and is slated to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
I had the chance to speak with the very polite and impressive Wong about his take on the complicated ethics of Nine Days and his enthusiasm about being part of a superb Asian cast in the MCU’s next projects. You can watch the video below, along with an official summary and where to watch.
Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV’s of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates 1— unborn souls — arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life. Making his feature-film debut after a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning short films and music videos, Brazilianborn writer-director Edson Oda delivers a heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will…
Here’s the trailer for the film:
Nine Days opens in LA and NY theaters this Friday, July 30th.