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Poor Things release date, cast, plot, and more news

Emma Stone stars in the new movie from Yorgos Lanthimos, and the Poor Things release date promises one of his strangest and more daring productions yet.

Poor Things release date

What is the Poor Things release date? Yorgos Lanthimos is back, and he’s got another strange-sounding film for us all to watch. This might be his strangest yet, an adaptation of a well-regarded piece of Scottish surrealism.

Based on the book by Alasdair Gray, Poor Things will hope to join the ranks of the best science fiction movies with a combination of tragedy, body horror, and a healthy amount of black humour. If you’re going to be twisted, at least be funny, right? Really, this just sounds like another new movie from Lanthimos at his weirdest, and we’ve got all the details.

Want to know the Poor Things release date? Don’t wrack your brain about what could be one of the best movies of the year too much; the answers are below (that’ll seem very funny in a little bit, trust us).

What is the Poor Things release date?

Poor Things will arrive in cinemas Friday, December 8, 2023.

Searchlight Pictures delayed what could be one of the best thriller movies of 2023 to December as a result of the ongoing 2023 Writers Strike. This would still mean awards contention; Lanthimos took Stone to the Oscars with The Favourite, so he could certainly manage it again.

Emma Stone in Poor Things

Who’s in the Poor Things cast?

Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo lead the cast of Poor Things. They’re joined by an ensemble including Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, and Kathryn Hunter.

Stone is back on a Lanthimos set after her Oscar-nominated success in The Favourite, and both Ruffalo and Dafoe seem like a perfect fit for the director’s uniquely oddball style.

Poor Things cast list:

  • Emma Stone as Bella Baxter
  • Mark Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn
  • Willem Dafoe as Dr Godwin Baxter
  • Jerrod Carmichael as Harry Astley
  • Ramy Youssef as Max McCandless
  • Christopher Abbott as Sir Aubrey de la Pole Blessington
  • Kathryn Hunter as Swiney
  • Margaret Qualley
  • Suzy Bemba
  • Wayne Brett as Priest

Willem Dafoe in Poor Things

What is Poor Things about?

Poor Things involves a woman, Bella, being given a brain transplant after drowning herself. The brain comes from her unborn child, and the operation conducted by her father turns her into a sort of Frankenstein’s monster.

The plot synopsis explains that Bella (Stone) is brought back from the dead by her father (Dafoe) and is desperate to explore the world outside her home. She is given that opportunity when she runs off on a globe-trotting journey with Ruffalo’s character, described as “a slick and debauched lawyer”.

Expect this one to be a bit of a head-scratcher, but a good one. This is Lanthimos, after all.

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Is there a trailer for Poor Things?

There is a trailer for Poor Things, and it’s a good one. Lanthimos has outdone himself on this one, in our humble opinion.

Poor Things release date

Where can I watch Poor Things?

Poor Things will be available exclusively in cinemas to begin with. We’d expect the movie to end up on Disney Plus in the UK soon after its release, as it’s a Searchlight Pictures production. Its destination in the USA could well be the Disney-owned streaming service Hulu.

That’s what we know about Poor Things. For more weird and wonderful storytelling, our lists of the best fantasy movies, best monster movies, and best kids movies offer plenty of oddities.

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