Okay, I can’t guarantee you Tilda Swinton is going to sing. But she is going to be in a musical, so it’s a safe guess. Swinton, George MacKay (1917), and Stephen Graham (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) are all set to star in director Joshua Oppenheimer’s The End, a musical that “centers on the last family of humans on Earth.”
Given the premise, one might imagine that these will not be the jauntiest of tunes.
This is an intriguing new direction for Oppenheimer, who is best known for two Oscar-nominated documentaries, The Look of Silence and The Act of Killing. The End, which is also being described as a “Golden Age” musical, will be his first feature-length fictional-story film. Though production has yet to begin on the film, the studio Neon (Parasite, Palm Springs) has already picked it up for North American distribution.
But if this is new territory for the director, it’s also new for his stars, none of whom seem to have much (if any) experience with musicals. They do all have pretty fascinating resumes, though. Swinton needs no introduction, having played everyone from the angel Gabriel (Constantine, pictured above) to one of the greatest vampires ever (Only Lovers Left Alive); Graham has been a steady presence in British TV & film for decades, appearing in Snatch and Taboo, among many other things; MacKay feels like a new face thanks to 1917 and the trailer for Wolf, but has been acting since he was a child (he made his debut in 2003’s Peter Pan).
Little else is known about The End, except that it is expected to begin filming next year.