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NEON’s New Horror Film ‘Cuckoo’ Will Star John Malkovich and Hunter Schafer

The studio behind 'Parasite' is now financing a horror film from the director of 'Luz'.

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Big news, today, for LBGTQ+ visibility in horror. Indie studio NEON is financing the horror feature Cuckoo, which will star Hunter Schafer (Euphoria). Also joining the cast are Academy Award Nominee John Malkovich, Gemma Chan, and Sofia Boutella.

Tilman Singer will direct the project, with principal photography to begin April 2022. 

Cuckoo will be Tilman’s sophomore effort, following his supernatural horror film Luz, which debuted at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest and Best Film at the Milan Film Festival. The team behind Luz is also reuniting for Cuckoo, which includes cinematographer Paul Faltz, composer Simon Waskow, and Tilman Singer will direct the project, with principal photography to begin April 2022. 

Cuckoo will be Tilman’s sophomore effort, following his supernatural horror film Luz, which debuted at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest and Best Film at the Milan Film Festival.

Also Read: Luz Review — An Intimate Head Trip

The team behind Luz is also reuniting for Cuckoo, which includes cinematographer Paul Faltz, composer Simon Waskow, and production designer Dario Mendez Acosta.

Schafer made her acting debut portraying Jules in the HBO critically acclaimed series Euphoria. She also co-wrote and co-executive produced a special episode for the series, which aired earlier this year. In 2021, Time named her to its Next list of 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.

Malkovich, who was Oscar-nominated for his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, is better known by horror fans for his turn as the deliciously mad F.W. Murnau in Shadow of the Vampire, E. Elias Merhige’s metafictional spin on the making of Nosferatu.

Chan gained widespread recognition for her role in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, which became a critical and commercial hit. She recently joined the Marvel cinematic universe as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel

Last year, Chan also starred opposite Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk, an original comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh, and she can currently be heard as the voice of Namaari in Disney’s latest animation, Raya and the Last Dragon. Chan will star in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek, and in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling with Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Harry Styles. 

NEON recently debuted three titles to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, and took their second Palme d’Or winner in a row, just off the heels of Parasitewith Julia Ducournau’s Titane

Will you be checking out Cuckoo on release? What do you think of Luz? Let me know over on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk about all things horror.