Director Ari Aster followed up the success of his 2018 horror sensation Hereditary, a film starring Toni Collette, with equally frightening fare in 2019 with the critically acclaimed Midsommar. His latest effort, however, seems to be a more conventional drama.
Joaquin Phoenix, who is yet to feature in a major role since his Oscar-winning Joker performance in 2019, is signed on to star in a biopic detailing the life of a financial investor from writer-director Ari Aster.
According to Deadline the project is “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”
A24, the production company that financed both of Aster’s previous outings, will control the project alongside Lars Knudsen. The movie currently under the working title of Disappointment Blvd.
As of yet there are no other casting announcements to speak of and even the ‘entrepreneur’ Phoenix will be portraying is unknown.
There is no confirmed start date for production, however, it is widely speculated that Phoenix will start to shoot with Aster before the Ridley Scott picture Kitbag, which he is also signed on for, in which he will play Napoleon Bonaparte. Ridley Scott is currently working on his crime thriller Gucci, making Kitbag’s production more likely to commence next year.
The movie might not be set for release until around 2022, but considering Aster’s pedigree and Phoenix’s notoriously strong judgement of screenplays there is more than enough here to get excited about.
You can check out a trailer for Aster’s previous movie, Midsommar, below.