At the moment, Ari Aster is on top of the indie horror universe. His Hereditary and Midsommar movies exploded their way through A24 onto the scene and are both movies that you truly love or hate with all your might. Personally, I’m at a camp that loves the works of Aster and I’m constantly shocked when I run into people who hate his movies. In any event, Aster is prepared to go ahead with his next project, Beau is Afraid, and to star in talks with Joaquin Phoenix.
Aster’s Beau is one of the many wonderful short films that have led him to the fame of Midsommar and Hereditary. Each of his shorts has the same horror, fuelled atmospherically, that digs under your skin. Aster’s shorts are peppered with pitch-black humor, very much like his feature films. Beau is Afraid is of that but it lends itself to the surreal funny side of things a little more.
The folks who first broke the news of this potential pairing of Phoenix and Aster were talking about Film.net. His 2011 short film, Beau, can be seen online in its entirety. Still, I’ll post it below in order to make things much simpler for you.
Beau’s story revolves around an insecure dude named Beau who discovers under mysterious circumstances that his mother died. He learns things about himself when trying to return home, while still experiencing supernatural terrors.
According to Discussing Film, the feature film will be composed, directed and edited by Aster. As the two will be a perfect match, we are optimistic that Phoenix will decide to work with Aster.