Joe Russo Teases Tom Holland’s Performance in Cherry
In a recent interview with Collider, co-director Joe Russo has revealed a new update on the status of the upcoming crime drama film Cherry, confirming that the film will be ready by the end of summer. Russo has revealed that they’re almost done with the editing and will start adding the score and sound design by next week. However, he also stressed that the film’s 2020 release might still change depending on the world’s current situation.
“Pre-pandemic, we were able to get a lot of work done in the edit room, so we were pretty close to locking the picture by the time we all had to sequester.” Joe Russo said. “…We’re gonna start sound-spotting and music-spotting [the week of April 27], getting into the score and sound design of it. The movie will be ready by the end of the summer. Question is, you know, what does the market look like moving forward? When can people go back to a movie theater? Will they be able to go back to a movie theater, for a year or two? We don’t know.”
In addition, the Avengers: Endgame director has also opened up about MCU star Tom Holland‘s more mature performance as Nico Walker in Cherry, teasing that fans will get to see a new side of Holland that is far different from his previous wholesome roles. He continued to share more details about Holland’s character, praising how he brilliantly portrayed a very complicated role.
“I think he’s exceptional in the movie, honestly. I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance out of him. He is shredding himself, physically and emotionally.” Russo teased. “This is a movie that spans decades and he is playing a very complicated individual who is a drug addict and suffering from PTSD and is a bank robber and in a failing relationship; it’s a very complicated role. I just think he’s exquisite in the part. He’s so compulsively watchable onscreen. When you’re playing a character that goes to that level of depravity, to have someone as inherently likable as Tom playing that character, so that you continue to root for them no matter what horrible choices they make, it’s invaluable. I think it really changes the entire presentation of the movie for an audience. I can’t say enough about it. I’m just really blown away by him in the film.”
Cherry tells the true-life story of author Nico Walker, a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme un-diagnosed PTSD and fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Walker was caught in 2011 and is scheduled to be released in 2020. The novel has been branded as a sort of hybrid of Jesus’ Son and Reservoir Dogs; a story about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. You can get your own copy of the new release by clicking here! Walker previously handled the bidding war for his book while serving time in prison, which complicated matters since he was only allotted a specific amount of minutes per phone call.
“We were drawn to Cherry given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these. As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown. We shot the exteriors for ‘Winter Soldier’ here, we are excited to return home to our roots,” the Russos said in a previous statement.
Additional cast includes Ciara Bravo (Wayne), Bill Skarsgard (IT), Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce), and Kyle Harvey (The After Party).
Cherry was adapted by Jessica Goldberg (The Path) and co-written by Angela Otstot (The Shield). The movie is produced by the Russo Brothers, Chris Castaldi and studio president Mike Larocca under their AGBO Films banner, alongside CEO Jonathan Grey and President Matthew Rhodes under their The Hideaway Entertainment banner. Cherry will be executive produced by Todd Makurath and Jake Aust from AGBO and The Hideaway Entertainment’s Kristy Maurer Grisham and Judd Payne.
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