A24 has released the behind-the-scenes featurette for Beau Is Afraid, Ari Aster’s upcoming psychological dark comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix. The film will hit theaters on April 21.
The Beau Is Afraid video features a commentary by Aster as he discusses his decade-long passion project about a middle-aged man embarking on a nightmare-fueled adventure as he tries to make his way home to visit his mother. It also provides viewers with new footage of Phoenix’s character in different surreal scenarios.
The film is written and directed by Ari Aster. This marks the filmmaker’s third directorial project with A24 after previously working on two acclaimed films: 2018’s Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette, and 2019’s Midsommar, which starred Florence Pugh.
Beau is Afraid (formerly titled Disappointment Blvd.) will reportedly be an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. Joining him are Nathan Lane (The Producers), Patti LuPone (Frasier), Amy Ryan (Birdman), Kylie Rogers (Home Before Dark), Parker Posey (You’ve Got Mail), Zoe Lister-Jones (How It Ends), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Lady Bird), Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints of Newark), Denis Ménochet (Inglorious Basterds), and Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake).
Phoenix is best known for his critically acclaimed performances in films such as Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master, Her, You Were Never Really Here, and Joker, with the latter earning him his first Oscar win for Best Actor.