Ari Aster, the brilliant filmmaker that brought us Hereditary and Midsommar, has been hard at work on developing his next project, described as a four-hour “nightmare comedy.”
He has now found his star, Joaquin Phoenix. According to Discussing Film, Pheonix is currently in talks to play the lead role in the film, titled Beau Is Afraid. The feature horror is based on Aster’s 2011 short film Beau, Film Stage reports.
The film is being described as a “surrealist horror film set in an alternative present,” with Beau being an, “extremely anxious but pleasant-looking man who has a fraught relationship with his overbearing mother and never knew his father.” When his mother dies, he journey’s back to his home, facing supernatural threats along the way.
Phoenix has starred in a long list of fantastic films including 2019’s Joker, 2005’s Walk the Line, Gladiator, Inherent Vice, and You Were Never Really Here.
Check out the 2011 short film below that inspired Beau Is Afraid.