The First Trailer for 'Kinds of Kindness' Brings Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos Back Together

'The Favourite' and 'Poor Things' just scored company on the duo's shared resume, all thanks to a star-studded new triptych.
Sarah Ward
March 28, 2024

Poor Things is still screening in cinemas Down Under, and its swag of Oscars — including for Emma Stone for Best Actress — is mere weeks old, but you can already start getting excited about Yorgos Lanthimos' next film. The Greek director is reteaming with Stone (The Curse) for their third feature, after The Favourite as well, on Kinds of Kindness. Movie lovers will see the end result soon, with the feature due to start hitting cinemas around the world from midyear. For now, it has just dropped its first teaser trailer.

This time, Lanthimos and Stone have made a triptych featuring three fable-like tales. One is about a man who doesn't have choice as he attempts to seize control of his existence. Another follows a policeman whose wife goes missing at sea, then returns but doesn't seem like herself. And the last charts a woman trying to find a person with a unique ability that's meant to become a spiritual leader.

That's all the narrative detail that's been revealed about Kinds of Kindness so far. The initial glimpse at the movie spans speeding cars, dragged bodies, slaps, dancing, dogs, licking and Stone talking about the moment of truth, all soundtracked by the Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams'.

If you're thinking "isn't it wonderful" about this combination of elements, the movie understands — they're Stone's last words in the footage.

On-screen, Stone — who also worked with Lanthimos on short film Bleat — has her Poor Things co-stars Willem Dafoe (Asteroid City) and Margaret Qualley (Drive-Away Dolls) for company. Joining them: Jesse Plemons (Killers of the Flower Moon), Hong Chau (The Menu), Joe Alwyn (Stars at Noon), Mamoudou Athie (The Burial) and Hunter Schafer (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes).

Lanthimos helms, co-writing the script with Efthimis Filippou (who penned the filmmaker's Dogtooth, Alps, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, too), on a flick that'll release in the US in June (likely after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival the month earlier, given the timing) and Down Under on Thursday, July 11.

Check out the first trailer for Kinds of Kindness below:

Kinds of Kindness will release in cinemas Down Under on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

Published on March 28, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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