Sofia Coppola has had quite the directorial career since releasing her debut-feature The Virgin Suicides in 1999. It’s an impressive first film and was followed up with an even more satisfying sophomore effort. Her 2003 film - Lost in Translation - is arguably a masterpiece, and was critically adored on theatrical release. Since then, new audiences have adopted the film as a bonafide favourite of the new century, with good reason. The film’s comments on loneliness and connection resonate with us all, even after all this time. Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray gave fantastic central performances, the latter of which will be working with Coppola on her latest film.
On the Rocks will be the director’s first film since 2017’s The Beguiled, and - according to The Hollywood Reporter - will follow a young mother reconnecting with her playboy father in New York City. The project is currently estimated for a 2020 release, making it the first collaboration between Murray and Coppola for almost two decades. It will be wonderful to see them working together after so long; there was always the impression that Murray understood Coppola’s vision entirely, and the results were breathtaking.
Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, The Social Network) will be starring alongside Murray - at present, these two are the only confirmed cast members. It is predicted to begin filming in New York City this Spring and will be the first collaboration between A24 and Apple, the former of which distributed Coppola’s 2013 film The Bling Ring.
The director has consistently helmed impressive projects which vary in subject matter, but the theme of connection radiates throughout her work. On the Rocks sounds like it will continue the thematic fascination of previous efforts Lost in Translation and 2010’s Somewhere; when the release finally rolls around, we may witness Coppola at her very best. In other film news, check out these new details for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.
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