Poor Things is a 2023 black comedy fantasy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos from a screenplay by Tony McNamara. The film stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael. Based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray, its plot focuses on a young Victorian woman who, after being crudely resurrected by a scientist following her suicide, runs off with a debauched lawyer to embark on an odyssey of self-discovery and sexual liberation.
Produced by Film4 Productions, Element Pictures, TSG Entertainment, and Searchlight Pictures, development on the film began as early as 2009, when Lanthimos visited Gray in Scotland to acquire the rights to the novel. Following a period in development hell, the director revisited Poor Things while filming The Favourite (2018), which starred Stone and approached her with the lead role. The remaining cast joined the project in 2021, with principal photography occurring in Hungary from August to December of that year.
Poor Things premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2023, where it won the Golden Lion, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 8, 2023, and in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2024, by Searchlight Pictures.
The VFX is Done by:
Union VFX – VFX Supervisor: Simon Hughes
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Release Date: December 8, 2023, USA