Toni Collette, David Thewlis Join Charlie Kaufman Netflix Thriller
Offbeat filmmaker Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” "Synecdoche, New York," "Adaptation") has assembled an eclectic cast for his latest feature, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things," which just added three stars in key roles.
Variety broke the news that Toni Collette ("Hereditary"), David Thewlis (better known to "Harry Potter" fans as Professor Remus Lupin), and Jessie Buckley ("Taboo") have just signed on for the Netflix thriller, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Ian Reid. They join the previously-announced lead, Jesse Plemons ("Fargo").
Here's the film's synopsis, per Variety:
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” follows Jake (Plemons), a man going on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm with his girlfriend (Buckley), who is thinking of terminating their relationship. When Jake makes an unexpected detour leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.
When the project was first revealed late last year, Brie Larson was originally attached to star as Jake's girlfriend (who doesn't have a name in Reid's novel, and we're assuming won't have a name in the film, either). We're guessing Larson's busy Marvel schedule -- and the red-hot success of "Captain Marvel" -- ultimately made her participation a no-go.
But even without the Oscar winner attached, this flick certainly sounds intriguing, and the new cast members seem like a good fit for Kaufman's unique filmmaking style. Look out for "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" on Netflix in the coming months.