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Kirsten Dunst, Daniel Brühl Join Keanu Reeves in "The Entertainment System Is Down"

Thu 16 May 2024 | 03:22 PM
L-R: Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl
L-R: Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl
Yara Sameh

Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl are set to star alongside Keanu Reeves in two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund’s highly-anticipated movie “The Entertainment System Is Down".

In preparing the movie, Östlund has bought a retired Boeing 747 for the project, with the plane set to be used full scale for the shoot in a studio. 

While the exact plot of the movie remains under wraps, the Swedish filmmaker has teased it several times as a social satire set on a long-haul flight on which the entertainment system isn’t working, sparking chaos and rages among passengers.

He has also been collecting anecdotes for the last few years for the movie and recently finalized the script.

The movie marks Östlund’s follow-up to “Triangle of Sadness,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022.

“The Entertainment System Is Down” will be Östlund’s most ambitious pic to date — even more so than “Triangle of Sadness,” his English-language debut which boasted a big cast including Woody Harrelson and Harris Dickinson, as well as exotic locations.

Speaking about the project last year, Östlund told Variety the pic will be “a study of how human beings interact in this little laboratory that is a plane” and “will look at how modern human beings are wrecked under these circumstances.”

The filmmaker added that he hopes it will cause the biggest walkout in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.

Östlund is producing “The Entertainment System Is Down” with Erik Hemmendorff through their banner Plattform Produktion based in Goteborg, Sweden, while Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office is co-producing and will handle international sales on the movie.