“Poor Things” Dynamic Duo Emma Stone & Yorgos Lanthimos Reteam in First “Kinds of Kindness” Trailer

One of the most enjoyable recent examples of a director and a star getting the best out of each other is that of Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos and two-time Oscar winner Emma Stone. The dynamic duo is on quite a run, which began with Lanthimos’s sensational 2019 The Favourite, continued with last year’s outstanding Poor Things (which netted Stone her second Oscar), and will carry us into this summer’s Kinds of Kindness, with Searchlight Pictures just releasing its first cryptic trailer.

What you’ll be able to glean from the Kinds of Kindness trailer will have more to do with a vibe than any concrete story elements. Lanthimos and Stone have left the past behind—the early 18th-century of The Favourite and the punkish Victorian fever dream of Poor Things—for a contemporary tale. Once again working from a script he co-wrote with screenwriter Efthimis Fillippou (who also co-wrote The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Lanthimo’s breakout hit Dogtooth), Lanthimos guides Stone and a talented cast through a “triptych fable” concerning a wayward man, the return of a police officer’s missing wife, and a woman on the lookout for a very particular kind of romance.

Joining Stone in the cast is her Poor Things co-star Willem Dafoe, as well as Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer

Check out the trailer below. Kinds of Kindness hits theaters on June 21:

Here’s the synopsis from Searchlight Pictures:

Kinds of Kindness is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing at sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

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Featured image: Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone on the set of POOR THINGS. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2023 Searchlight Pictures All Rights Reserved.


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