We haven’t seen a movie quite like Daddio in a long time, at least not with stars the caliber of Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson. The film by writer/director Christy Hall centers on a Manhattan woman who engages in a surprisingly deep, intense conversation with her cabbie on the ride home. That’s it.
That’s it. No, an alien attack doesn’t occur. The cabbie doesn’t turn out to be a villain who takes her on a dangerous cruise through the city. It’s just two people getting honest and personal about sex, relationships, loss, and more.
The film is set to debut at TIFF, and EW has dropped our first look at it, along with a few words from Hall.
“It’s easier, I think, to bare your soul to someone like a cabbie, because you know you’re never going to see them again,” Hall explained.
Hall continued with praise for Johnson’s performance and what she brought to the role…
“[Johnson] brings a remarkable complexity to her character, skillfully excavating profound depths in ways that took this role to places well beyond what I had imagined,” the filmmaker said. “From start to finish, you truly cannot divert your gaze. She embodies a character who is confident yet vulnerable. She seamlessly balances between being sexy and foul-mouthed while still maintaining an innocent softness. She also has this cheeky curiosity, a playful grace that permits this conversation to unfold, because her character isn’t afraid of the colorful personalities that roam the city of New York.”
Daddio doesn’t have a theatrical date yet, but expect that to change very soon.