Poster Art For The Cult Thriller APOSTLE and Director Gareth Evans Says "It's Not For the Squeamish"
Netflix has released the first poster for director Gareth Evans' (The Raid) upcoming cult thriller Apostle. The movie stars Dan Stevens (Legion) in the lead role and it sounds like it's going to be pretty crazy. Here's the synopsis that was released:
The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.
When talking about the film, the director tells Nerdist that the film is "thriller with horror elements" and that "It’s not for the squeamish." He goes on to say, “But the violence in it in certain places is more inferred than what’s shown, especially in the first part of the film. And then it starts to unravel as the story intensifies."
Evans also points out that the film was inspired by British folk horror from the 1960s and 1970s like films such as The Devils, The Witchfinder General, and The Wicker Man.
"We wanted to make something that was tonally in the same universe. The most interesting thing about horror and thrillers is when there’s something deeper going on in the subtext of the film. [Apostle] is not purely about a guy going to an island to rescue his sister. There’s more going on there. We explore the notion of how man’s political ideals and desire for power can corrupt a religion, can corrupt society, can corrupt morality."
The filmmaker goes on to say that this is not going to be an action movie, and explains:
"[Fans] are probably expecting a Ye Olde version of Taken with Dan as the sort of super charismatic fighting lead, like his role in The Guest. What was so interesting to me about this character, and one thing me and Dan worked on in developing the character, is that it’s almost like he thinks he’s in a ’50s detective film, but he’s not Bogart. He doesn’t get to be the cool guy. There’s an undeniable charisma to Dan and what he brings to that role as Thomas, but we wanted to make sure he doesn’t come across as someone who’s completely in control of himself and able to defend himself in any given set or circumstances.”
Sounds like this is going to be another great and interesting character for Stevens to play! The movie also stars Michael Sheen (Passengers) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), who are taking on supporting roles.
I hope we get a trailer for this movie soon. I'm a big fan of the films that Evans has made and I can't wait to see how this next one turns out!
Apostle hits Netflix on October 12, 2018.