‘Disappointment Blvd’: Ari Aster Adds Parker Posey, Zoe Lister-Jones, Michael Gandolfini And More Alongside Joaquin Phoenix

Other than maybe Jordan Peele, Ari Aster’s third feature is one of the most anticipated of any rising star filmmaker. The Hereditary and Midsommar director has been quietly developing Disappointment Blvd, which we know will be led by Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix. Other details remain a mystery, but based on the latest casting it’s set to have the most impressive ensemble he’s put together yet.

Deadline reports Parker Posey, Zoe Lister-Jones, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Denis Ménochet, Hayley Squires, and Michael Gandolfini have joined Disappointment Blvd. They become part of a group that includes Phoenix along with Nathan Lane, Pattie Lupone, Amy Ryan, and Kylie Rogers.

Damn. Posey needs no introduction, does she? Everybody knows her best movie ever was Josie and the Pussycats. Henderson is a veteran actor known for his stagework, particularly in August Wilson plays, and films such as Fences and the upcoming Dune. Lister-Jones, who I just interviewed earlier this week, is an actor/director known for Band Aid, The Craft: Legacy, and How It Ends. Ménochet is a French actor seen in The Mauritanian and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. Squires recently starred in Ben Wheatley’s In the Earth. And Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, plays youg Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark. Great lineup.

Production is underway now in Montreal, so we’ll probably see Disappointment Blvd hit the festival circuit next year. Aster is also developing a horror film from writer Michael R. Jackson, so he’s definitely keeping busy.

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