Demi Moore & Margaret Qualley To Star In Body Horror Film ‘The Substance’

French filmmaker Coralie Fargeat has found her follow to up to her 2017 feminist thriller Revenge. She will direct body horror film The Substance, and has secured Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley for the lead roles. She has also written the script, and Universal Pictures and Working Title Films will be producing the film.

Little is known about the film, but it will reportedly again focus on feminist themes as Revenge did. That film had a unique, surreal style which, combined with its fresh take on the rape revenge genre, made it stand out in a slew of releases within the genre.

This will be Fargeat’s first studio film, and she will also produce alongside Working Title Films’ partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, with Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Development, Erik Baiers, overseeing the project for the studio.

Moore recently had a recurring role in the Brave New World TV adaptation which only lasted one season, while her last film was the widely despised COVID-19 thriller Songbird, so she could do with a hit.

Qualley broke out during a busy 2019 where she had roles in six films, including Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as part of the Manson cult family.

She’s in post production on Zachary Wigon‘s Sanctuary and currently filming Yorgos Lanthimos‘ latest (no doubt weird) outing Poor Things. She also had a lead role on Netflix’s limited series Maid.

Production on The Substance begins in May.


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