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Lynne Ramsay casts Joaquin Phoenix in new film, 'Polaris'

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay joins the elite group of writer/directors who are yet to make a bad film. That’s not just through filling your filmography with average releases either, Lynne Ramsay’s career has been punctuated by some of modern history’s greatest films, from 1999s Ratcatcher to 2017s You Were Never Really Here. Ramsay, as a result, finds her in the highest echelon of filmmakers, with her latest release, the upcoming Polaris, one of cinema’s most anticipated projects. 

Reuniting from their time together on You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix has been announced to be returning to work with Lynne Ramsay, alongside his wife Rooney Mara. The engaged couple have shared the screen before in films such as Mary Magdalene, and Her, so will be well prepared to appear in Ramsay’s latest. 

First word of the new film was revealed to El Espanol, where Ramsay revealed the following about working with Joaquin Phoenix: “He’s crazy, but he’s the best actor I’ve ever met”. Continuing, Ramsay notes, “Everything he does on the set has a reason. It’s much more difficult when you come up with an original idea like this, but it’s impossible not to get excited when you’re preparing a movie with Joaquin”.

With no release date currently set for Lynne Ramsay’s latest project, audiences may be waiting a year or two for the release of the final film. In the meantime, to experience the fervent artistic energy of one of Britain’s greatest working directors, look no further than her 2011 BAFTA-award-winning masterpiece We Need to Talk About Kevin. Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller, the story, based on the book by Lionel Shriver is a deep, dark exploration of maternal love and all its complexities. 

Ramsay’s films are rarely an easy watch, but they represent some of the most powerful projects coming out of contemporary cinema.

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