This fall, the 30-year-old actor will star in Saltburn, in what'll mark director Emerald Fennell's long-anticipated follow-up to Promising Young Woman. Judging by the trailer, which is streaming above, Saltburn will be a moody, twisted and incredibly British coming-of-age tale. It'll follow an unlikely relationship between a young student named Oliver Quick (Keoghan) and his wealthy new friend (Jacob Elordi). Here's the official synopsis:
Academy Award winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) brings us a beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire. Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.
Never to be forgotten? Definitely an understatement. In the trailer, we see Keoghan smashing a mirror, Elordi dramatically smoking a cig, and many, many rich-kid antics. Considering Promising Young Woman nabbed Fennell the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, consider Saltburn a solid bet for a long awards-season run. “My favorite thing in general is sympathy for the devil,” Fennell told Vanity Fair. “The sorts of people that we can’t stand, the sorts of people who are abhorrent—if we can love them, if we can fall in love with these people, if we can understand why this is so alluring, in spite of its palpable cruelty and unfairness and sort of strangeness, if we all want to be there too, I think that’s just such an interesting dynamic.”
Saltburn will premiere at this week's Telluride Film Festival, before it sees a theatrical release on November 24, 2023. Our advice? Have your tux rental at the ready.
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