Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Gayle Rankin
One day after earning her first Oscar nomination, Jessie Buckley’s full talent is on full display in the first trailer for “Men 2022,” a horror film from A24 and director Alex Garland. It will be released in theaters on May 20.
The official synopsis for “Men” reads: “After a personal tragedy, Harper (Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping he has found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods seems to be stalking her. What begins as a simmering dread turns into a fully formed nightmare, inhabited by her memories of her and her darkest fears in Garland’s new feverish, moody horror film.”
In the trailer, Buckley walks through a vibrant green forest and approaches a dark and sinister tunnel, all while she sees visions of a mysterious man. The horror film will also star Rory Kinnear (“No Time to Die,” “Years and Years”) and Paapa Essiedu (“I May Destroy You”).
Buckley received the first Oscar nomination of her career as a supporting actress in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter.” The film, an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s book of the same name, stars Olivia Colman as an academic vacationing in Greece and dealing with her tortuous relationship with her motherhood. Buckley plays the younger version of Colman’s character, Leda, in flashbacks and received critical acclaim, with Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge calling her an “inspired coincidence” with Colman. Prior to “The Lost Daughter,” Buckley also starred in a television adaptation of “Romeo & Juliet” last year, earning positive reviews for her performances in such films as “Wild Rose” and “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.”.
Garland’s first two films were critical successes and were highly praised for their use of science fiction stories to explore ideas about human nature. “Ex Machina,” which was also distributed by A24, was a financial success, receiving an Oscar nomination for original screenplay in 2014. Its 2018 follow-up, “Annihilation,” starring Natalie Portman, was similarly well-received, though less so. box office success. Most recently, Garland created, wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller miniseries “Devs” for FX on Hulu.
“Men 2022” is produced by Eli Bush, as well as Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of the production company DNA Films. Scott Rudin, who produced Garland’s previous two films as well as “Devs,” was initially set to produce the film as well, but was fired after allegations of abusive behavior toward his staff became public last year.