Poor Things Cast and Character Guide (film)

Poor Things Cast: “Poor Things,” the darkly whimsical 2023 fantasy film, directed by the visionary Yorgos Lanthimos and penned by Tony McNamara, emerges as a cinematic gem inspired by Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel. The stellar cast, led by Emma Stone alongside Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael, brings to life the peculiar narrative.

Set in the Victorian era, the plot revolves around Bella Baxter, a young woman resurrected by a scientist after a tragic suicide. Bella’s unconventional journey unfolds as she escapes with a debauched lawyer, embarking on a daring odyssey of self-discovery and sexual liberation.

Premiering triumphantly at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2023, “Poor Things” clinched the prestigious Golden Lion. Its U.S. release on December 8, 2023, marked a momentous occasion, with a UK release slated for January 12, 2024, courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.

Critics have showered the film with accolades, particularly lauding Emma Stone’s captivating performance. The American Film Institute and the National Board of Review recognized “Poor Things” as one of the top 10 films of 2023. The accolades continue with seven Golden Globe nominations, including a nod for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

As “Poor Things” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, its unique blend of dark comedy, fantasy, and stellar performances cements its place as a cinematic masterpiece, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of 2023.

Poor Things Cast
Poor Things Cast
Release datesSeptember 1, 2023 (Venice)
December 8, 2023 (United States)
January 12, 2024 (Ireland/United Kingdom)
Running time2H 22M
United Kingdom
United States
Budget$35 million
Box office$12.8 million
Directed byYorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay byTony McNamara
Based onPoor Things by Alasdair Gray
Produced byEd Guiney
Andrew Lowe
Yorgos Lanthimos
Emma Stone
Star castEmma Stone
Mark Ruffalo
Willem Dafoe
Ramy Youssef
Christopher Abbott
Jerrod Carmichael
CinematographyRobbie Ryan
Edited byYorgos Mavropsaridis
Music byJerskin Fendrix
Production companiesFilm4
Element Pictures
TSG Entertainment
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Cast of Poor Things

Poor Things Cast

  • Emma Stone; as Bella Baxter
  • Mark Ruffalo; as Duncan Wedderburn
  • Willem Dafoe; as Dr. Godwin Baxter
  • Ramy Youssef; as Max McCandles
  • Christopher Abbott; as Alfie Blessington
  • Jerrod Carmichael; as Harry Astley
  • Margaret Qualley; as Felicity
  • Kathryn Hunter; as Madame Swiney
  • Suzy Bemba; as Toinette
  • Hanna Schygulla; as Martha Von Kurtzroc
  • Vicki Pepperdine; as Mrs. Prim
  • Wayne Brett; as Priest
  • Tom Stourton; as Steward
  • Carminho; as Fado Singing Woman
  • Jerskin Fendrix; as Lisbon Restaurant Musician

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