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Ari Aster casts Joaquin Phoenix in a new, ‘decades-spanning’ film for A24

Disappointment Blvd will be ‘an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time’

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in an upcoming feature film from Ari Aster, titled Disappointment Blvd. 

Though specific details are currently being kept under wraps, the film will reportedly provide: “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” Though this seems like a slightly different route to the horror director’s usual offerings, it’s fair to say that we can expect a few subversive surprises.

A24 is also onboard to finance and produce the film.  The arthouse production company previously worked on Aster’s acclaimed directorial debut, Hereditary, as well as distributing his folk horror follow-up, 2019’s Midsommar.

According to Deadline, Disappointment Blvd is likely to start shooting ahead of Ridley Scott’s Kitbag, which casts Phoenix as the French emperor and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. The biopic is due to start production in 2022, following Scott’s Gucci murder film, titled… Gucci.

This would likely make Disappointment Blvd Phoenix’s first film since picking up an Oscar for his performance in Joker. In the meantime, revisit a subversive short film by Ari Aster, or learn more about his enigmatic Midsommar murals here.