Fresh off Ari Aster‘s Beau Is Afraid, Joaquin Phoenix is already planning to team up with another great director for his next project. The Oscar-winner has signed on to star in the next film by Todd Haynes (Safe, Carol, Dark Waters).
Little is known about the project right now except that it will be a gay romance. In an interview for IndieWire at the Cannes Film Festival, where he’s promoting his latest project May December, Haynes elaborated:
“The next film is a feature that’s an original script that I developed with Joaquin Phoenix based on some thoughts and ideas he brought to me. We basically wrote with him as a story writer. Me and Jon Raymond and Joaquin share the story credit. And we hope to be shooting it beginning early next year. It’s a gay love story set in 1930s L.A.”
The plan is reportedly for the film to be rated NC-17, a rare classification for most mainstream American films as it usually limits the potential audience (anyone under the age of 17 can see a film under any other classification, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult).
But the appeal of Phoenix teaming up with Haynes should be enough to generate plenty of buzz.
Phoenix’s next two projects are currently in post-production; Ridley Scott‘s epic historical drama Napoleon, which bows on Apple TV+ in November; and Joker: Folie á Deux, the musical sequel to his Oscar-winning role, which is currently slated for an October 2024 release.
As mentioned, Haynes is currently at Cannes promoting May December, the much-talked about collaboration between him, Natalie Portman, and Julianne Moore, loosely based on the scandal of Mary Kay Letourneau.
Unsurprisingly, considering Haynes’ career, the film has already gotten excellent reviews, and has already been snapped up by Netflix. Now we wait and find out when they plan to release it.