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Phoenix to Star in Aster's “Beau is Afraid”


Ari Aster has quickly made a name for himself for his high-art horror films Hereditary and Midsommar. Admittedly, the idea of Joaquin Phoenix starring in his third film, titled Beau is Afraid, is a tempting idea, but the plot...oddly sounds like Joker, the film Phoenix won the Oscar for earlier this year.

The film follows the titular character Beau, an extremely anxious man who learns of the death of his overbearing mother under mysterious circumstances. Traveling home for her funeral, he makes an alarming discovery about his past. While not confirmed, it's believed this discovery will be related to the father he's never met.

The film will incorporate Aster's surrealistic style and the story is said to involve crazy supernatural threats to match these potential visuals. Beyond directing, Aster will once again write the script and produce the project through his Square Peg production banner (As he did for his two previous films). No distributor has been announced, however A24 has been where his last two films have been distributed and it's speculated his new film will land there as well. Stay tuned!

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