Introducing the cast of Bad Times at the El Royale
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Hollywood's next original concept all-star blockbuster comes from The Cabin in the Woods (2012) director Drew Goddard, who also wrote the screenplays for The Martian (2015) and World War Z (2013).
The second film of the year to centre around a host of colourful characters coming together at a mysterious hotel (the first being the all-star Hotel Artemis, directed incidentally by another Drew - Drew Pierce), is called Bad Times at the El Royale. The synopsis states:
"Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in Bad Times at the El Royale."
Producer Jeremy Latcham says, “Drew Goddard has assembled a lobby full of amazing characters in his storied El Royale Hotel and I cannot wait for audiences to meet these truly unique folks and learn who they are and uncover what makes each of them tick. It will almost certainly not be what it is expected to be and that is a lot of the fun of the film. It is character driven in the best sense.”
Here's our first look at the characters:
Chris Hemsworth is Billy Lee
Jon Hamm is Laramie Seymour Sullivan
Dakota Johnson is Emily Summerspring
Jeff Bridges is Father Daniel Flynn
With its 20th anniversary approaching, The Big Lebowski (1998) star Bridges has also made his name with modern classics Iron Man (2008) and True Grit (2010).
Cailee Spaeny is Emily's sister
Lewis Pullman is an unknown character
Another relative newcomer, Pullman has starred in Aftermath (2017), Lean on Pete (2017), and Battle of the Sexes (2017) alongside Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Cynthia Erivo is Darlene Sweet
Queen of stage and screen, Tony award winning Erivo has starred in The Color Purple, and is set to wow in the upcoming Widows (2018) screening at TIFF, as well as taking on the role of Harriet Tubman in Harriet (2019).
Bad Times at the El Royale hits UK cinemas on October 12th.