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Marshall-Green, Huisman, Corinealdi, & Lindsay Burdge Accept Kusama’s “The Invitation”

Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Middle of Nowhere revelation Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, busy-bee indie actress Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, Wild Canaries) and John Carroll Lynch are the principle cast in Karyn Kusama’s fourth feature film, which according to Deadline, has just wrapped. The project which was first announced a couple of years back with the proposed cast of Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Topher Grace and Johnny Galecki, has been retooled and saw Gamechanger Films’ Mynette Louie (Land Ho!) join Martha Griffin (longtime producer for Kusama) and XYZ Films (The Raid 2) as the producing team. At this point, it’s a safe bet that The Invitation is going to be looked at by the Sundance folks – Park City is where Kusama broke into film with her Y2K debut, Girlfight.

Gist: Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, on a dark night, Will (Marshall-Green) is a haunted man attending a dinner party at the house he once called home. Over the course of the evening, he is gripped by mounting evidence that something insidious has taken hold of his ex-wife, and that she and her new friends have a mysterious and horrifying agenda. By the end of the night, the ramifications of what happens in this house will spread far beyond its doors.

Worth Noting: This is a second collaboration between Kusama and writing team of Hay/Manfredi. Their put out so far: studio flick Æon Flux.

Do We Care?: Table for one please. We didn’t find much to like in Jennifer’s Body, which could be argued was more of a Diablo Cody vehicle, but here Kusama is backed by an interesting pair of producing teams. We’d welcome a comeback of sorts with this 2015 indie thriller.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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