Keanu Reeves to Join Ana Lily Amirpour’s Post-Apocalyptic Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’

Last year, we sat down with filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour to chat about her breakout hit, the effortlessly sexy and cool Iranian vampire film, A Girls Walks Home Alone at Night. Having its premiere at New Directors/New Films last year, the seductive black-and-white debut feature—part Iranian New Wave, part David Lynch-brand surrealism with nods to everything from graphic novels Sergio Leone—Amirpour’s film was a massive success, putting her on the radar of Hollywood’s most powerful producers.

Back when we spoke, she told me that her next feature, titled The Bad Batch, would be in color and in English, calling it “a post-apocalyptic desert-set cannibal love story— it’s kind of like El Topo meets Dirty Dancing.” Since then, it’s been announced that Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures would be producing the film, which is not only exciting for Amipour but for the company in general, as their roster of directors has skewed pretty male in the past. Now also partnering with VICE for the feature, the film’s cast has been announced and it’s certainly an interesting mix of talent. Most notably, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey have signed on as characters called The Dream and The Hermit, respectively. Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, and Diego Luna are also attached as of now for the project which Amirpour once explained as:

“…a highly twisted, unusual, romantic, and innovative movie set in a future dystopia. In a desert wasteland in Texas, a muscled cannibal breaks one important rule: don’t play with your food. ‘The Bad Batch’ is a savage love story, like a psychedelic ‘Road Warrior,’ inspired by films like ‘El Topo’and ‘Wild At Heart.’ Shot in bold saturated hues and stylings of the ’80s & ’90s, the film will also feature a wicked techno & western-laced soundtrack.”

So with Amirpour directorial sensibility in mind and this description I cannot help hope and wonder if The Bad Batch will look like a Neil Krug photograph come to life. Read our interview with the filmmaker HERE and stay tuned for more as the film begins production in April.

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