What is Materialists? What we know about Celine’s upcoming movie so far

A24, known for its impressive array of genre-bending films and horror hits, is gearing up for the release of Materialists, directed by Celine Song. Originally titled The Materialists, this film marks a departure from A24’s typical fare, showcasing the studio’s versatility. Since its inception in 2012, A24 has bagged 62 Academy Award nominations and 18 wins, cementing its reputation as a premier destination for filmmakers.

 

Materialists Synopsis and Filming Updates

Details have been trickling out about Materialists, including a brief synopsis and a comprehensive cast list, though the character names remain under wraps. The film, which is Celine Song’s second feature following the acclaimed Past Lives, began generating buzz in early 2024. Filming wrapped up on June 7, 2024, as confirmed by Pedro Pascal’s Instagram post celebrating the completion.

The project was officially announced on February 7, 2024, with Song at the helm and producers Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler, and David Hinojosa on board. Deadline reported the title change from The Materialists to Materialists on February 18, 2024, in a nod to Sean Parker’s famous line from The Social Network: “Drop the ‘The’. Just Materialists. It’s cleaner.”

Materialists Star-Studded Cast

The initial announcement in February revealed that Dakota Johnson, Chris Evans, and Pedro Pascal would star in the film. Later, Variety reported that Zoë Winters, Dasha Nekrasova, Louisa Jacobson, and Marin Ireland had joined the cast. While specific character roles remain undisclosed, it’s expected that Johnson will play a matchmaker, central to the film’s plot, which revolves around a romantic comedy set in New York City.

Materialists marks Song’s follow-up to Past Lives, a film that garnered two Academy Award nominations and told the poignant story of two childhood friends reconnecting over 24 years. Song’s latest venture promises to be a different experience. As producer Christine Vachon noted in a December 2023 interview with GQ, “It feels like she makes a different movie every time, that she’s a filmmaker who doesn’t do the same thing twice.”

Materialists Plot Tease

According to the February announcement, Materialists will feature a matchmaker, her ex-boyfriend, and a wealthy businessman. The romantic comedy setup hints at a lighter tone compared to Past Lives. While it remains unclear who among Pascal and Evans will play the ex-boyfriend or the businessman, the intriguing plot and stellar cast set high expectations.

With its blend of romance, comedy, and an ensemble cast of Hollywood heavyweights, Materialists is shaping up to be a must-watch, reflecting both A24’s daring spirit and Celine Song’s dynamic storytelling prowess. Keep an eye out for more updates as the release date approaches!