The trailer for Ari Aster’s highly-anticipated return, Beau Is Afraid, has been released by A24. The film, starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, opens in theaters on April 21. You can watch the trailer using the player below.
In Beau Is Afraid, which was previously known as “Disappointment Blvd.,” a paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother.
Written and directed by Ari Aster, Beau Is Afraid stars Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hayley Squires, Denis Ménochet, Kylie Rogers, Armen Nahapetian, and Zoe Lister-Jones as well.
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Aster started his career writing and directing multiple short films before teaming up with A24 on the horror drama Hereditary, released in 2018. The film grossed $82.5 million worldwide.
Hereditary stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne.
In that film, when Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashed a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Aster followed up Hereditary by writing and directing A24’s 2019 release Midsommar, which earned $47.9 million globally.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Archie Madekwe.
In the movie, Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village.
What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.