- Words Liam Cattermole
Experimental pop queen Charli XCX will make her acting debut in the remake of controversial horror film Faces Of Death.
An icon with an eye for pushing boundaries, it’s no surprise that Charli XCX’s acting debut is on the fringes of mainstream cinema. Alongside Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira and Stranger Things virtuoso Dacre Montgomery, the artist is set to star in the remake of Faces Of Death: a cult horror shrouded in pre-millennial controversy.
Banned in 48 countries, John Alan Schwartz’s movie follows a pathologist called Francis B. Gröss, who becomes obsessed with the transitional phase between life and death, acquiring footage from around the world of animals and humans being brutally killed. Many thought the scenes were real because of their raw filming style. And so, Britain criminalised the movie’s distribution from its release until 2007. This only increased public demand, and when the film hit cinemas in Japan under the title Junk, it was a major success.
Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei have co-written the new version, while Daniel will take on an additional director role. “Faces of Death was one of the first viral video tapes, and we are so lucky to be able to use it as a jumping-off point for this exploration of cycles of violence and the way they perpetuate themselves online,” says Daniel and Isa. Set for release in 2024, the film is currently being produced in New Orleans; any other info is being left to the imagination of fans, who’ll need strong guts to withstand the inevitable gruesomeness of Charli’s on-screen debut.
In other news, Charli made her Coachella debut last week. You can watch a snippet from the set here.