Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons to Star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ New Film Bugonia

Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone are teaming up yet again for a new film titled Bugonia, which has been acquired by Focus Features.

The announcement of Focus’ acquisition arrives as Lanthimos and Stone are at the Cannes Film Festival to debut their latest release, Kinds of Kindness. Bugonia will mark their fifth on-screen collaboration, following The Favourite, the short film Bleat, Poor Things (which won Stone the Academy Award for Best Actress), and Kinds of Kindness.

In addition to Stone, Bugonia will see Lanthimos reunite with another Kinds of Kindness star, Jesse Plemons. Plot-wise, the new movie is based on the 2003 South Korean sci-fi film, Save the Green Planet!, following conspiracy theorists who kidnap a CEO on the belief that she’s an alien attempting to destroy Earth.

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Lanthimos is producing the film, alongside Element Pictures, Square Peg’s Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen, Jerry Kyoungboum Ko of CJ ENM, and Stone herself, via her production company Fruit Tree.

Bugonia is the second film to be added to Focus’ roster at Cannes this week, along with Woody Harrleson’s upcoming release Last Breath. Universal Pictures will distribute internationally (except in South Korea). Previously, Lanthimos’ feature-lengths starring Stone arrived via Searchlight.


As for Kinds of Kindness, it’s set for release on June 21st, 2024.