Joaquin Phoenix’s next project will be NC-17’s gay romance
LOS ANGELES, May 23 (IANCE) Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix took it to another level after Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid, teaming up with Todd Haynes on an NC-17 gay romance.
Hynes spoke to IndieWire at the Cannes Film Festival after Saturday’s premiere of romantic drama “May December,” starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. In the interview, Haynes teased an upcoming project he’s co-developing with Phoenix, according to Variety.
“The next movie is an original script that I developed with Joaquin Phoenix based on some of the thoughts and ideas he brought to me,” Haynes told IndieWire. We basically wrote with him as a story writer. John Raymond, Joaquin and I share story credit. We hope to start filming early next year. It’s a gay love story set in 1930’s Los Angeles.”
Haynes added, “Joaquin would push me further and go, ‘No, let’s go further. This will be an NC-17 movie.
Phoenix is no stranger to intense roles that push the boundaries expected of actors. As for Haynes, between “Carol,” “Far From Heavens,” “Poison,” “Velvet Goldmine” and, most recently, “May December,” the director is no stranger to romantic dramas, nor is film outlandish.
“All I can do is continue to stick around and be committed to each project,” Haynes said. “I have more features planned. I also have upcoming spin-off projects planned, which are really exciting. I’m going back to work with Kate Winslet with something she brought me for HBO.”
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