Karyn Kusama’s upcoming LA crime thriller Destroyer is in the works to come out in 2018, with principal photography already under way. We already know the movie had signed up award-winning actors like Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan, as well as nominees Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy. Now the film has just revealed an extensive cast update.
30WEST, who is fully financing the movie, has announced that Beau Knapp (Death Wish, Super 8), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock), Zach Villa (Dan Is Dead, Honeyglue), Toby Huss (Halt and Catch Fire) and James Jordan (Wind River, The Endless) will be added to cast.
While Kusama will direct, the screenplay was written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (known for Clash of the Titans and Kusama’s The Invitation), who will also produce alongside Fred Berger (La La Land, The Autopsy of Jane Doe).
“Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.”
While the plot of the film sounds like a classic revenge story, the fact that it has an existential focus is an unusual twist. With a cast as big and varied as this, we can expect it to generate a lot of buzz the further it gets into production and it will likely be one of next year’s big movies. As we don’t know much about the movie so far, there’s not much speculation to be had, but the thriller has the potential to be something really interesting.