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 Monday, the morning after the movie world premiered in competition.
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.”
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.