Bad Times @ the El Royale
Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm…
One of the most highly anticipated films coming this fall is the mystery thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. Suspensefully written and directed by Drew Goddard (A Cabin in the Woods), the film opens in the dawn of 1969, Nixon has just moved into the White House, and the El Royale Hotel, nestled on Lake Tahoe, has seen much better days. The once-hotspot for celebrities and politicians is now a run-down roadside motel where seven desperate guests check in…but don’t necessarily check out. Jon Hamm is a traveling salesman who uncovers the hotel’s seamy secret: every room is wiretapped and can be secretly observed from two-way mirrors in hidden hallways. Among the lodgers he spies on are a soul singer (Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo), a hippie (Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson), and a crooked priest (Jeff Bridges) with his own hidden agenda. Why they’re all staying at the El Royale may be a mystery but one thing is clear: these criminals are very shady. Featuring some of the best—and sexiest—actors working today, we couldn’t wait to highlight these hot thespians.
Jon Hamm is famous for picking odd roles in weird movies (Baby Driver) and TV series (Black Mirror), so it’s no surprise to see him lurking in the El Royale. Next up for the Mad Men star, the post-9/11 drama, The Torture Report with Adam Driver, and next summer’s sure-fire hit, Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise.
Relative newcomer, Lewis Pullman has been playing smaller roles in big films for the last two years, including Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone, and the horror hit, The Strangers: Prey at Night with Christina Hendricks. He’s the creepy, know-it-all bellhop at the El Royale and will be co-starring with Jon Hamm in next summer’s Top Gun: Maverick.
The “seasoned” actor of this motley crew is Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, who nabbed the golden statue for his musical role in 2009’s Crazy Heart. Next up for the Hell Or High Water star is the Untitled Reed Morano project about a virtuoso violinist who is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Diane Lane) after he’s diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
After years of appearing as Thor in the Avengers films, it’s a lovely surprise to see Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth as the scary/sexy Billy Lee in Bad Times at the El Royale. Anytime we can see Chris shirtless is a good day in our books. Besides another Avengers adventure coming next summer, Chris will be appearing in two other franchises: a Men in Black spin-off and a Star Trek sequel.
Cynthia Erivo is a huge star on the Broadway stage, having won a Tony for her role in the heart-stopping musical version of The Color Purple. Looks like Hollywood has taken a shining to the petite performer as she has a lot on her plate for the near future. This fall she plays a very athletic criminal in Steve McQueen‘s mafia thriller Widows, costarring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson. And it’s just been announced that she will be starring in Harriet, playing one of our country’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman. Erivo should be making room on her mantle for her future Oscar.
The youngest member of this hole in the wall gang is Cailee Spaeny, a fresh off the boat performer who’s biggest film so far has been last spring’s Pacific Rim: Uprising. Besides El Royale, she’ll be in two Christmas releases, both about politicians: On the Basis of Sex, playing Ruth Bader Ginsberg‘s daughter Jane, and Backseat, about former Vice President Dick Cheney, costarring Amy Adams and Christian Bale.
Last but certainly not least is our favorite ingenue, Dakota Johnson. Ever since she hit the screen in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise, she’s been growing leaps and “bounds” as an actor (see what we did there?). This fall, she’s starring in the sexual horror/mystery, Suspiria with Tilda Swinton, and in The Peanut Butter Falcon, an adventure film co-starring Shia LaBeouf.
Bad Times at the El Royale opens October 5th. We’re so excited, we’re showing both of the movie’s excellent trailers. Enjoy.