If I would’ve known about Bad Times at the El Royale at the beginning of the year, there’s no doubt that it would’ve been a top ten most anticipated film for me, for multiple reasons. As our first look, both Empire Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have unveiled the first official look at the film, which is directed by Drew Goddard and features quite an incredible cast.
Goddard’s names has been attached to many projects over the past few years, including as director, but this is his first film as director since The Cabin in the Woods, which also starred Chris Hemsworth. The film was amazing and most of all, unique. That, as well as his time on Daredevil season 1 are two of the three reasons why I’m looking forward to this film.
What is Bad Times at the El Royale? Well, simply, the story will follow seven strangers in 1969 who end up at the El Royale Hotel and are offered a chance at redemption before everything goes to s**t. This has some big significance to me, as I’m not even two hours from Lake Tahoe, where this all goes down. As for those seven strangers? EW dropped hints at the characters along with the news images:
Among the gathered rogues: a down-on-his-luck priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer named Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo), an impressionable Southern girl (Cailee Spaeny) and her older sister (Dakota Johnson), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and — perhaps most enigmatically — a charismatic and shirt-averse cult leader, played by Chris Hemsworth.
Other than that, everything else is being held under lock and key. This is now surprise, as Goddard has done similar things with his projects in the back. EW was able to catch a few things from the filmmaker, who said it’s a “love letter” to 60s film noir and crime fiction. Also, if you’re wondering if it’ll be similar to The Cabin in the Woods in any way, don’t worry, it won’t. But there is one specific aspect the two films will share:
What they have in common, he says, is a shared “sense of danger,” something he often finds is lacking in big-budget, franchise productions. “It definitely shares the boldness in choice that Cabin has,” he says of Bad Times. “We certainly don’t play it safe.”
This has shot up my leaderboard for movies for the rest of 2018. That third reason I was hinting at earlier, it’s the cast. Chris Hemsworth can pretty much do anything, but Goddard has assembled an insanely talented cast that brings something different from anyone else on set. If these photos and story details are to be taken into account, the cast will no doubt be the part that the movie hinges on.
Check out the rest of the images below, and after doing so, leave your thoughts in the comments! Am I crazy to be this excited? Are you a fan of Goddard? Which character are you looking forward to the most? Starring Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Jeff Bridges, Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale opens on October 5th.