After starring as Barry Allen aka The Flash in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Ezra Miller is set to play another unique figure, the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí.
Ten years ago, Miller landed his first feature role in Antonio Campos’ Afterschool, an indie drama that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. By the early 2010s, Miller gained more attention within the world of indie filmmaking, as he played the titular role in Lynne Ramsay’s acclaimed 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin, and starred in the popular 2012 drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Since then, Miller has become mostly known for his blockbuster roles, both within the DC Films Universe (Suicide Squad, Justice League) and for portraying Credence Barebone in the 2016 Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with his follow-up role in the upcoming 2018 sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, set for release later this year.
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Per Deadline, Miller will team up with director Mary Harron for Dali Land. Set in 1973, the film will explore Salvador Dalí’s relationship with a gallery assistant (Frank Dillane), and how the painter’s lifestyle affects those around him. Harron, who is mostly known for directing the 2000 cult classic American Psycho, emerged out of the late 70s New York art rock scene, as she formed Punk magazine and interviewed numerous rock stars. For Dali Land, she’s enlisted Ben Kingsley, Lesley Manville, and Tim Roth to star alongside Miller and Dillane. This November, the film will begin production in Spain and Canada, based on the screenplay written by Harron and husband John C. Walsh.
In 2020, Miller will also star is his own DC Comics film production (rumored to be titled Flashpoint), directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. This will mark Miller’s fourth appearance in the DCEU, and the film will reportedly co-star Billy Crudup and Kiersey Clemons. Before then, however, Miller’s fanbase will see a different side in Dali Land, a story that will be told in flashbacks, and will surely be visually striking given the director’s background and Dalí’s expansive career of making surrealistic art.
At 25 years of age, Miller already has an impressive resume in both indie and mainstream cinema. With his future in the DCEU locked down, he may follow a similar career path as Robert Pattinson, an actor that earned an international fanbase through a blockbuster franchise, and subsequently explored different genres and opportunities with reputable directors. For Miller, he’s currently balancing the best of both worlds with Flashpoint and Dali Land.
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