Joaquin Phoenix May Lead Ari Aster’s Next Film Beau Is Afraid

Joaquin Phoenix May Lead Ari Aster’s Next Film Beau Is Afraid
How’s this for a match-up? Following his two horror hits Hereditary and Midsommar, writer-director Ari Aster has been developing his next feature, which he described as a four-hour “nightmare comedy,” and now he may have found his star with none other than Joaquin Phoenix.

According to Discussing Film, Phoenix is in talks to lead the film, titled Beau Is Afraid. The project’s actually been floating around Aster’s mind for some time. In 2011, he directed a short film titled Beau which would be the basis for a sequence in the feature, and an early draft from 2014 of the script has found its way online.

Described as a “surrealist horror film set in an alternate present,” Phoenix’s character would play an “extremely anxious but pleasant-looking man who has a fraught relationship with his overbearing mother and never knew his father.” When his mother dies, he makes a journey
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