Woody Harrelson, Ruben Östlund Reuniting For ‘The Entertainment System is Down’

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Woody Harrelson will reteam with “Triangle of Sadness” director Ruben Östlund for his next film “The Entertainment System is Down.”

The Oscar-nominee broke the news during the press conference for “Triangle of Sadness” at Cannes on Sunday, the morning after the movie world premiered in competition. “Ruben is a maestro so my interest was to work with Ruben (…). I’m going to be in his next film
whether he wants it or not,” said Harrelson. He added that the script was “phenomenal.” Östlund has been developing the project for the last couple years, collecting anecdotes from people around the world, but the actual script is still in early stage, he told Variety last week.

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In “Triangle of Sadness,” Harrelson plays a rabid Marxist who is the captain of a cruise for the super-rich. The yacht sinks, leaving survivors, including a fashion model celebrity couple, marooned on an island. As Östlund described it during the presser, the off-field comedy is ultimately about “the end of civilization.” Ostlund said Harrelson will have a similar role in his next movie. “(Woody) is going to play a captain on an airplane,” revealed the helmer.

Harrelson said working with Östlund had been a “revitalizing experience, one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Harrelson said he also loved his character who carries the “message of the film” but he’s not in alter ego. “My character is a Marxist. But I’m not a Marxist, I’m an Anarchist. So in that sense we’re different.”

“The Entertainment System is Down” will once again be a comedy with a sociological edge. The feature project is set on board a long-haul flight and inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel “Brave New World.”

“In a world controlled by advanced entertainment systems, you have people stuck on a long flight with no screens to look at. I’m curious to see if people will start talking to each other or what will happen,” Östlund previously told Variety.

Östlund added that the movie would be like an experimental lab looking at human behavior from different per so-called “air rages” among passengers which he said are “more frequent when economy passengers board through business class.”

“Triangle of Sadness” is one of the best reviewed films of this year’s competition. It’s being sold by The Coproduction Office. 30West and WME are repping U.S. rights.

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