Joel Edgerton, Marion Cotillard, Vanessa Kirby and Sebastian Stan have all signed on to star in The Brutalist, Brady Corbet‘s follow-up project to Vox Lux. Corbet has penned the script with partner Mona Fastvold, with Brookstreet Pictures financing.
The film chronicles thirty years in the life of one artist’s “enduring monolithic vision”. When visionary architect László Toth and his wife Erzsébet flee post-war Europe to rebuild their legacy and witness the birth of modern America, their lives are changed forever by a mysterious and wealthy client (played by the previously cast Mark Rylance).
The film is being described as an unconventional love story, and “unconventional” is a good word to describe Corbet’s directorial work thus far.
Vox Lux, which is incredible, stars Natalie Portman and is about how a celebrity pop star’s life is affected after she survives a Columbine-esque shooting as a kid, while The Childhood Of A Leader revolves around the adolescence of a fascist leader post-WWI.
So in Corbet’s short directorial career, he’s already proven to be into challenging, unorthodox films, and The Brutalist sounds like it fits right in. That cast should give it an opportunity to find a solid audience too. Corbet said in a statement:
“Amidst a revamped cycle of populism and prejudice in the 21st Century, The Brutalist is a film which celebrates the triumphs of the most daring and accomplished visionaries; our ancestors.
It is the project which is so far the closest to my heart and family history. I so look forward to reuniting with many of our closest collaborators, as well as some exciting new ones”.
The project will be introduced to potential buyers by Protagonist Pictures during a special virtual presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Production is expected to begin on the film in January.