Oscar-Nominee Alex Garland Is Taking a Break From Directing After ‘Civil War’

Oscar-Nominee Alex Garland is Taking a Break from Directing after 'Civil War'

After a successful premiere in March, Alex Garland’s upcoming dystopian action thriller Civil War is preparing for its April 12, 2024 theatrical release. The movie promises to be a very interesting take on a (not so) alternative America, plagued by a civil war between the separatist “Western Forces” led by Texas and California and the government. This “Second American Civil War” will be shown through the eyes of a journalist who travels around the country, experiencing the horrors of war.

The official synopsis for the movie describes the plot as follows: “A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.”

The movie has some big names attached to the project, as many fans are eagerly awaiting the upcoming premiere. The cast of the movie includes:

  • Kirsten Dunst as Lee, a war photojournalist
  • Wagner Moura as Joel, a journalist and Lee’s colleague
  • Cailee Spaeny as Jessie, an young photographer
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson as Sammy, a journalist and Lee and Joel’s mentor
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Anya
  • Nick Offerman as the President of the United States
  • Jefferson White as Dave
  • Juani Feliz as Joy Butler
  • Nelson Lee as Tony
  • Edmund Donovan as Eddie
  • Karl Glusman as a spotter
  • Jin Ha as a sniper
  • Jojo T. Gibbs as WF White House Sergeant
  • Jesse Plemons as an unnamed soldier
  • Jess Matney as a checkpoint soldier

But, aside from the great cast, one big name is attached to the movie behind the screen, and that is director Alex Garland, whom movie lovers will know as the Oscar-nominated writer and director who wrote the Danny Boyle films 28 Days Later (2002) and Sunshine (2007), as well as Never Let Me Go (2010) and Dredd (2012). As director, he made the Oscar-nominated Ex Machina (2014), as well as the critically acclaimed supernatural horror Men (2022).

And while Garland certainly has his fair share of fans, it seems that the director will be taking a long break after Civil War. Here is what he said when asked about his claims that he is open to retiring from filmmaking:

“Nothing’s changed. I’m in a very similar state. I’m not planning to direct again in the foreseeable future… I do actually love film, but filmmaking doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It exists in a life and also in a broader context. (…) The pressure doesn’t come from the money. It comes from the fact that you’re asking people to trust something that, on the face of it, doesn’t look very trustworthy. Alicia [Vikander] and Sonoya [Mizuno] are trusting that nudity is going to be dealt with thoughtfully and respectfully… Cinema leans toward not doing that.”

Source: IndieWire

As you can see, Garland doesn’t really like directing movies, but he plans on remaining in the world of cinema as a screenwriter, which is some consolation. If anything changes, we are definitely going to keep you updated, so be sure to keep following us for more information in the future.

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