Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Alex Going Above & Beyond Infinity Again

Alexander Skarsgård has made some hella fine choices career-wise as of late. He's in Robert Eggers' big Viking movie The Northman which is the biggie for me of course, but he's also got a small but important role in Rebecca Hall's masterful flick Passing (which I reviewed at Sundance right here) coming out later this year. And from there one glance back at his filmography shows several already-classics under his belt (yes let's all take a pause since I just talked about being under Alexander Skarsgård's belt........ okay, moving on) -- he's worked with Park Chan-wook on The Little Dummer Girl; he's worked with Lars von Trier on Melancholia; he made Diary of a Teenage Girl with Marielle Heller and Hold the Dark with Jeremy Saulnier and Mute with Duncan Jones and The East with Zal Batmanglij. No not all of those worked, but he keeps jumping on interesting filmmakers and picking interesting projects. Somebody who looks like Alexander Skarsgård doesn't have to do this!

Maybe that's the bare minimum to ask but I appreciate it, anyway. I appreciate not having to watch dreck just so I can stare at him, is my point! Thank you, Alex! Anyway that brings me to today's terrific news about his next next thing, which will be a film (thx Mac) with Brandon "Son of David" Cronenberg, who's fresh off his killer flick Possessor. It's gonna be called Infinity Pool and here is how Deadline describes the plot:

"Infinity Pool follows James and Em, who are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise."

The studio Neon, who distributed Cronenberg's Possessor for him last year, already snatched up the rights to this one so they're clearly in the him business. The film will begin shooting in September -- no word on who his leading lady will be -- I'd love to see him reunite with one of his formers like Florence Pugh or Riley Keough, wouldn't y'all? Or, ooh ooh ooh ooh, what about Anna Paquin! We don't see nearly enough Anna Paquin these days!

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