Greek-born filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos will be adding Joe Alwyn to the cast of “And,” his next picture, which is going into production in New Orleans soon. Alwyn, who starred in the director’s Oscar-winning film, The Favourite, will be joining Emma Stone in the cast of the new flick. “And” will mark Stone’s fourth collaboration with Lanthimos; she had also earlier appeared in “The Favourite” with Alwyn.
“And” is being developed by Searchlight Pictures, which has released few details about its plot and characters. Alwyn’s involvement was lauded, however, in a joint statement issued by the studio’s presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, who declared: “We are so excited to be collaborating with Joe once again after our extraordinary journey together on “The Favourite.” He is a brilliant actor and a welcome addition to the all-star cast Yorgos has put together here.”
Alwyn had made his film debut just six years ago, playing the title role in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” a war film directed by Ang Lee based on a novel by Ben Fountain. The actor has since starred in such productions as “Mary Queen of Scots, Harriet,” “The Souvenir Part II,” and “The Last Letter from Your Lover.” Other credits include roles in “Catherine Called Birdy,” “Stars at Noon,” and “Conversation with Friends.” Also a talented songwriter, Alwyn nabbed a Grammy for his contributions to Taylor Swift’s 2020 album Folklore.
Earlier in her career. Emma Stone had appeared in several television productions as well as a series of teeny-bopper comedy films such as “Superbad,” “Zombieland,” and “Easy A,” the last of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She achieved wide recognition in the role of Gwen Stacy for the 2012 superhero film “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its 2014 sequel.
Besides Stone and Alwyn, the other cast members of “And” include Hong Chan, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Plemos, and Margaret Qualley. Dafoe and Qualley also appear in “Poor Things,” another Lanthimos film that is now in post-production and is scheduled for release in 2023. The script for “And” is being written by Efthymis Filippou, who did similar honors for “The Lobsters.”
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