This year’s Tribeca Film Festival featured a number of against-type performances, from Richard Gere as a loner desperate to connect with anyone he can in Franny to Jessica Biel as a an unglamorous yoga instructor in Bleeding Hearts, to name just a few. But perhaps the most unexpected turn came from Arnold Schwarzenegger as a despairing father in Maggie.
Directed by Henry Hobson, the film focuses on the relationship between Wade (Schwarzenegger) and his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) after she’s infected by a zombie virus. Joely Richardson stars as her stepmother, who pushes Wade to let go of the doomed teen. Don’t be fooled by the drama’s supernatural elements though, as it tells a truly haunting story about a family’s suffering in a way that’s both intimate and relatable.
Last week during the press day for Maggie, which was held in NYC, we sat down with both Schwarzenegger and Richardson to speak about the darkness that their characters endure and the film’s macabre atmosphere.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Maggie when it creeps into theatres on May 8th!