Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes shine in Netflix movie
This fall, school is back and an all-new take on the high school dark comedy is set to dominate the metaphorical halls of Netflix. On September 16, stranger things‘ Maya Hawk and Riverdale’s Camila Mendes take over their school and seek revenge in the 90s inspired 80s and 90s Revenge. In an interview with Shedirector Jennifer KaytinRobinson breaks down the inspiration behind her second feature and talks about themes, wardrobe, and their incredible heavyweight cast.
Revenge is a dark comedy in which two unlikely Miami high schoolers, queen bee Drea (Mendes) and transfer student Eleanor (Hawke), unite with a common goal: revenge. When Drea’s “golden boy” boyfriend, Max, played by Euphoriait is austin abrams, leaks Drea’s private sex tape, and a girl starts a vicious rumor about Eleanor, essentially exposing it to the whole school, the two now harbor a common thirst for revenge. When they meet unexpectedly, the girls hatch a plan to punish each other’s attackers. In an attempt to “…do something that paints with all the colors of adolescence”, no one in the film is a black-and-white villain or hero. According to the director, Revenge will leave audiences pressured to either cheer or hate, and wonder what it really means to be a “bad person.”
Ahead of the upcoming release, Netflix has released some first-look photos to spark excitement in Take Revenge. The newly released photos show Mendes and Hawke dressed to kill in some of Morshead’s work, while getting closer to their plans.
For director and co-writer Robinsonaesthetics for Revenge is deconstruction, but also “shamelessly pop-y”. Checking iconic movie names like those from 1999 cruel intentions and Jaw-droppingshe and producer Pierre Cron (ultra american) “…conceived this revenge story in reverse from: what would it be like to take the fun and thrilling stakes of a Hitchcock movie and put it in high school?” While the movie should be fun and just as funny as previous Robinson films, it will also acknowledge heavier themes like bullying and self-responsibility. Suggesting that all is not as it seems in the film, Robinson cryptically says, “Whatever you think this film is, it is, but it’s also different.”
“There’s the commentary on, not necessarily the cancel culture, but the accountability in terms of how we tear people down without the right information potentially, and how we uplift people without the right information potentially. And then on the other side of that, it’s also [about] how we deal with trauma. So focusing on what’s happening and how it’s happening and why it’s happening and then how we deal with it.
In agreement with those John Hughes and late ’90s vibes, the wardrobe will be as much of a character as Drea and Eleanor. Led by costumer Alana Morshead (After), Miami residents will be dripping head-to-toe in glitter, pastels and feathers, reminiscent of high school movies that define the culture as The heathers and clueless. Aiming to “…create a look that is both nostalgic, but also non-existent…” Morshead custom designed most of the wardrobe to give the classic a modern twist.
The cast is just as sparkling as the unique costume designs, with a roster of young stars like Euphoriait’s Abrams. “We joke that they’re like the young Hollywood Avengers,” Robinson said after co-writing the mcuthe last film of phase 4 of Thor: Love and Thunder with the director Taika Waititi. “They call themselves ‘The Revengers,’ which we love.” She goes on to say that these familiar faces are more than modern Hollywood royalty, but they are all extremely talented and were meant for those Revenge rooms. The team believed in the cast members cast so much that six weeks before filming, they pushed production from LA to Atlanta in order to accommodate Hawke’s commitments to his other Netflix gig. stranger things. Although co-author Celeste Ballard (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Robinson wrote the script without thinking of anyone, the auditions proved that the film belonged to these two protagonists.
Robinson on what she hopes audiences will get Revenge:
“We want you to have a good fucking time. It is what it is. It should be. We are not trying to solve world peace. It’s not a big political statement. It’s just a really fun movie that looks cool and features a really excellent cast of actors who are at the top of their game and are also just plain gorgeous.
Revenge is director Robinson’s second feature film after the 2019 Netflix film A good person featuring Gina Rodriguez, By Wanda Sage and Brittany snow. It is produced by Robinson, Cron, Anthony Bregmanand executive produced by Matt Levine and Joshua Bachove.
The film also stars game of thrones‘ Sophie Turner, Rish Shah who plays Kamran in the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel like Russ Lee, External banks‘ Jonathan Davis like Elliott, Alisha Boe (13 reasons why) as Tara, the best friend of Drea’s “dream ally”, Cassady McClincy (The Walking Dead) like Ashlyn, Paris Berelc, Talia Ryder (West Side Story) like Gabbi, Eliza Bennett like Jessica and more.
Revenge will be available to stream on Netflix on September 16. Check out the stills from Netflix below:
Check out an interview with Revenge director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson on co-writing Thor: Love and Thunder below: