#1 Ari Aster’s ‘Beau Is Afraid’: A Mesmerizing Psychedelic Thriller Starring Joaquin Phoenix Unveils in Trailer and Release date

Introduction to “Beau Is Afraid”

A24 has released the first look at “Beau Is Afraid,” the upcoming horror film from “Midsommar” director Ari Aster. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a successful entrepreneur, and the narrative is said to follow the character across multiple decades. The official synopsis from A24 reads: “A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer-director Ari Aster.”

Cast and Crew

In addition to Phoenix, confirmed cast members for the film include Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, Kylie Rogers, Parker Posey, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hayley Squires, Michael Gandolfini, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Richard Kind. Phoenix comes into the new Aster film after his best actor win for portraying Arthur Fleck in Todd Phillips’ 2019 DC Comics film “Joker,” as well as starring in Mike Mills’ 2019 festival darling “C’mon, C’mon” as a radio journalist whose young and energetic nephew gives him a new perspective on life. He will also play Arthur Fleck again opposite Lady Gaga in “Joker: Folie à Deux,” which is billed as a musical.

Synopsis and Background

“Beau Is Afraid,” which was previously titled “Disappointment Blvd,” is Aster’s third collaborative effort with A24, following his breakout horror hits “Hereditary” and “Midsommar,” which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In “Hereditary,” which was also Aster’s feature directorial debut, he directed a cast including Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne as a family who is seemingly haunted by a mysterious presence after their secretive grandmother dies. Starring Florence Pugh, “Midsommar” follows a couple who travels to Sweden for a flower-filled Midsummer festival that turns out to be much darker than it appears.

Aster penned the screenplay for “Beau Is Afraid” in addition to producing alongside Lars Knudsen. The film is set for release on April 21st.

The Trailer Breakdown

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The trailer for “Beau Is Afraid” opens with a balding Beau (Phoenix) with multiple large cuts on his face lounging on a pool recliner, looking across the way, where a younger version of himself (Armen Nahapetian) and a young version of his mother (Zoe Lister-Jones) do the same. “I am so sorry for what your daddy passed down to you,” an even younger version of Beau is told by his mother in the next menacing scene. “But I wanted a child, the greatest gift of my life.”

Adult Beau later announces his intention to visit his mother, nervously contemplating how he’ll journey to her, through a world that’s “not safe.” We then, at various points, see him make his escape from what appears to be a mental hospital, get hit by a car, and flee gunfire within a dark forest, also repeatedly wandering through scenes rendered in animation.

“You will walk many miles. Dozens will become hundreds, hundreds will become thousands,” a mysterious figure says, as we’re introduced to a bearded Phoenix, aged through prosthetic makeup. “Your adventures will continue for years and years.”

The film also stars Only Murders in the Building’s Nathan Lane and Amy Ryan, as well as Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hayley Squires, Denis Ménochet, Kylie Rogers, Parker Posey, and Pattie LuPone. “Beau Is Afraid” was produced for Square Peg by Aster and Lars Knudsen.

Previous Works of Ari Aster

Aster’s new film comes on the heels of “Midsommar,” a Florence Pugh-led folk horror that bow to critical acclaim in 2019, grossing over $47.9MM at the global box office. He prior to that made his feature directorial debut with the Toni Collette-led psychological horror “Hereditary,” which was praised for its performances, pacing and story and premiered in 2018 Sundance film festival. Both films were praised for their unique storytelling and genre-bending elements, and it seems that “Beau Is Afraid” will be no different.

From the trailer, it seems that “Beau Is Afraid” will be a complex and multi-layered film, with Phoenix’s character navigating different timelines and realities, as well as dealing with mental health issues. The film’s use of animation and surreal imagery also suggests that this will be a visually striking and thought-provoking film. The inclusion of a star-studded cast, including the likes of Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, and Amy Ryan, further adds to the anticipation for this film.

Expectations and Speculations

Aster’s unique vision and storytelling style has already established him as a talented and promising filmmaker, and “Beau Is Afraid” promises to be yet another unforgettable and bold entry into his filmography. With the release date set for April 21st, the film will be yet another exciting addition to the horror genre. The trailer of the film gives a first look into the world of the film that already sends a shiver down the spine, fans and critics alike are eagerly waiting for the film to release, judging by the previous works of Ari Aster, this new film is expected to leave a lasting impact on the audiences.

It’s clear that “Beau Is Afraid” will be a film that pushes boundaries and challenges audiences with its complex narrative and genre-bending elements. With Phoenix’s outstanding performance as the lead and a talented ensemble cast, coupled with Aster’s unique vision and storytelling, “Beau Is Afraid” is shaping up to be a must-see film for horror fans and cinephiles alike.

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