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THE JOUR­NEY OF this month’s cover story be­gan sev­eral months ago, with a sneak peek of a trailer, not yet re­leased out into the world, on a stu­dio lot in Los An­ge­les. As ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ be­gan to play and Jeff Bridges, dressed as a pri­est, turned his head to the cam­era, my pulse quick­ened with ex­cite­ment and in­trigue. This seemed to be, in­stantly, some­thing very, very spe­cial. An in­stinct con­firmed by a con­ver­sa­tion with di­rec­tor Drew God­dard, who’d man­aged to set Hol­ly­wood buzzing with the script last year be­fore pulling to­gether one of the most im­pres­sive ensem­ble casts in re­cent mem­ory. This isn’t a fran­chise, a tent­pole, a re­turn­ing char­ac­ter, a re­cur­ring uni­verse. What it is, is an orig­i­nal film, from a sin­gu­lar film­maker with a pas­sion­ate, im­pas­sioned cast. Em­pire is ab­so­lutely the home for the big bom­bas­tic block­busters, but it’s also, al­ways, been the home of the films that we want to take a bet on. There aren’t sure bets or sure­fire hits, but are films, that right through to the pores of our bones, we be­lieve in. That we be­lieve you will love. Be­cause, ul­ti­mately, that is what my job is, what Em­pire’s job is. And this month, I think it’s a job bloody well done.

En­joy the is­sue.

TERRI WHITE ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF @ter­ri_white

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