Poor Things: Potential cast, release date, plot and other details


Poor Things, adapted from Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel of the same name, which won the Costa Book Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize, tells the tale of a woman with a muddled identity and memory who becomes entangled in a story of gothic romance that is common in the Victorian era and has connections to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The project also brings Emma Stone and Lanthimos back together because she takes the main role in this dark historical drama after acting with Colman in The Favourite. The information we currently know about Poor Things is provided below for those of you who are eager to see what Lanthimos has in store for us this time around.

Poor Things: Cast

According to the reports, the network is yet to update about the cast of this upcoming series which is why we cannot provide you the exact list of the entire cast members. As per the reports, following is the potential cast of Poor Things.

  • 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

Poor Things: Plot

The narrative of Bella Baxter, a young woman who meets a horrible end and is revived by brilliant mad scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter, is told in the novella Poor Things, which is essentially a reimagining of the Frankenstein tale. Bella struggles to regain her sense of who she is and how the world works. With Dr. Godwin’s help, she makes an effort. But she can’t help but feel lost and confined, so she leaves on a fantastical journey with a dubious lawyer named Duncan Wedderburn. Bella develops and looks for solutions as she navigates the different stereotypes and prejudices of the period in the pursuit of emancipation.

Poor Things: Official Synopsis

According to Searchlight Pictures, the official synopsis reads:

“From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.”

Poor Things: Release Date

The release date for the movie Poor Things was originally set for September 8, 2023, however owing to the continuing WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strikes, it was moved forward by three months to December 8, 2023.

Poor Things: Official Trailer