Find­ing the neon de­mon

Em­pire tries to un­lock ni­co­las Wind­ing refn’s lat­est

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE - Damon Wise

Here’s what ni­co­las wind­ing refn wants you to know about his tenth film, The Neon De­mon: noth­ing. he won’t tell you the plot, and cer­tainly won’t tell you what the neon De­mon is. is there any­thing he does want to tell you? “elle Fan­ning is the star,” dead­pans the Dane. “and she’s re­ally good.”

Here’s some­thing else we do know: af­ter the ryan Gosling-fests of Only God For­gives and Drive, refn wanted to “work with women”. in­spired by his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on a Gucci com­mer­cial (“i saw an open­ing im­age, and from that i cre­ated a whole movie”), he crafted the screen­play with first-time fea­ture writ­ers Mary laws and Polly sten­ham. then he brought Fan­ning on board.

“He told me his idea about this girl com­ing to the city, get­ting into the mod­el­ling world. then he sent me the script,” she says. “it was so wacky!”

If it doesn’t feel quite right that refn, whose work tends to probe the dark­ness be­neath the sur­face, is di­rect­ing a movie about mod­el­ling, then our trip to the vast can­field-moreno es­tate for the movie’s la shoot last May soon eases fears. We watch as Fan­ning’s teen femme fatale Jesse stands in one of its stately rooms, white cur­tains bil­low­ing as Pino Don­ag­gio’s theme from Brian De Palma’s 1980 slasher, Dressed To Kill, plays. it all feels deeply omi­nous, as refn dips his toes into a new genre. “i went to the fi­nanciers and i said, ‘i wanna do a hor­ror movie,’ and they said, ‘Greeaattt!’” he laughs. “so i said, ‘i wanna do a teenage hor­ror movie…’ they said, ‘Yesssss!!!’” a teenage hor­ror movie di­rected by ni­co­las wind­ing refn, king of the off-kil­ter? Maybe that’s all we ever needed to know.

The Neon De­mon is out later this year.

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