The Last Thing He Wanted
With Mudbound certifying her prowess (and the promise of her 2011 micro indie portrait in Pariah) Dee Rees moved onto The Last Thing He Wanted in late 2017, and went into production in Puerto Rico in June of 2018 with dp Bobby Bukowski at her side and Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe as the main trio of players. Netflix didn’t waste much time jumping on ship either.
Gist: Based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel, this centers on a hardscrabble journalist, Elena McMahon (Hathaway), who inherits her father’s position as a dealmaker — an arms dealmaker. She soon finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms-for-drugs plot reaches its tipping point.
Release Date/Prediction: Netflix has yet to set a date – but they’ll be looking at an awards friendly launch most probably at Telluride followed by a TIFF gala. NYFF not impossible either.