Jerrod Carmichael is the latest star to sign on for Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming adaptation of “Poor Things,” starring Emma Stone.
Based on Alasdair Grey’s novel, the film from Searchlight, Element Pictures and Film4 also stars Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef.
In the Victorian-set tale — with a Frankenstein-esque bent — Stone plays a young woman named Belle Baxter who is brought back to life by an eccentric and brilliant scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Dafoe), in what’s described as a story of “love, discovery and scientific daring,” featuring Youssef as Max McCandless and Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn. Carmichael joins the film as Harry Astley.
Directed and produced by Lanthimos, the movie’s script is written by Tony McNamara, the Oscar-nominated co-screenwriter of “The Favourite” (as well as Hulu’s “The Great.”)
“Poor Things” is produced by Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe. The Irish/U.K. film company developed the project with Film4, after having produced all of Lanthimos’ English-language films (“The Lobster,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Favourite”), as well as “Room” and Hulu’s “Normal People.” Lanthimos and Stone (in association with her Fruit Tree Banner) will also produce.
As for Carmichael, the director, writer, actor and comedian is best known for his stand-up specials and eponymous series “The Carmichael Show.” The multi-hyphenate entertainer also executive produces the Emmy-nominated comedy “Ramy” alongside Youssef.
Carmichael will next be seen in “On the Count of Three,” his feature directorial debut. The pic premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and was quickly acquired by Annapura for release through the company’s distribution pact with MGM’s Orion Pictures through United Artists Releasing.
He is repped by UTA and Range Media Partners.
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