Netflix has revealed a first look at The Devil All the Time, the midwestern gothic tale launching globally on the streaming service on September 16, 2020.
Directed by Antonio Campos (The Sinner, Christine), the film stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgård, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Mia Wasikowska, and Eliza Scanlen.
The film, written by Antonio and Paulo Campos, is adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel by the same name (buy at Amazon). The story is set in Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods of this country.
A storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell (Skarsgård) turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin (Holland), Willard’s son, on his path from bullied kid to a man who knows when to take action.
The Devil All the Time is a finely woven “mid-western” gothic tale involving a nefarious cast of characters: a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff in a story that is told across two decades.
“I was really eager to work with Antonio because his previous films that I’ve seen are very raw,” Holland told EW. “I guess it was the challenge of doing a different accent, playing the rural kid, a period film, a new director. Everything ticked the boxes for me.”
“Tom is a very sweet person and a very generous actor but he’s willing to go wherever he needs to go emotionally for the character,” added Campos. “He wanted to go where he had to go. Tom’s electric. He’s sort of sitting there doing nothing and is immensely watchable.”
Robert Pattinson plays a preacher named Preston Teagardin in the film. “Rob prepared a bunch of ideas and you don’t know what you’re going to get but it’s all interesting,” said Campos. “The character coming to life — I saw that in front of me when we were on set.”
About the film, Campos said “it was a challenging shoot just because there were so many locations and we were really spread out over a large portion of northern Alabama. The nice thing is Alabama hasn’t been filmed in very often, so it’s not as recognizable as some other places that have been filmed in and photographed thoroughly by various films and TV shows.”
“It was interesting,” says Holland. “We were in Birmingham and we shot out of the city quite a lot in rural parts of the state. I like to work on films where a location can be as big a character as you are in the film and Alabama definitely served that purpose and brought this really rural visceral vibe to the process.”
The producers of the movie include Randall Poster, Ninestories’ Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, and Max Born. The executive producers are Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke.
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