Vivid, surreal, nightmarish – three words one would use to describe the original Suspiria movie from ’77.
Fast forward 40 years (and change) and we stand on the verge of Luca Guadagnino’s horror remake, which features Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in prominent roles. The latter has been cast as Madame Blanc, a dance teacher stationed in Berlin who falls under the spell of Susie Bannion (Johnson). But there’s a twist.
As June’s teaser trailer proved, Suspiria is a movie teeming with witchcraft and toe-curling horror, and it’s young Susie Bannion who’s thrust into the middle of it. That’s very much the case in EW’s exclusive photo reveal for the November thriller, in which you’ll see Dakota Johnson’s character caught up in the center of a rather disturbing dance.
Tilda Swinton, on the other hand, plays a figure who’s crippled by an inner conflict, according to writer-director Luca Guadagnino.
Madame Blanc is a woman who is in a moment of conflict. The conflict between art and magic is something that is seen in her face.
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Collaborating with Swinton proved to be a dream come true for Dakota Johnson, who continued by showering praise over her Suspiria co-star while speaking with EW:
Oh my gosh, I just adore her so deeply. I want to make movies with her forever and I hope we will. It’s just an amazing, amazing friendship and collaboration that I have, that I’m so grateful for in my life.
Also on the cast sheet for this one are Chloe Grace-Moretz, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler, Małgosia Bela and Lutz Ebersdorf. Suspiria slithers into theaters November 2nd, and yes, it’ll be rated R for graphic nudity and general nightmare fuel. Oh, and ritualistic violence, too.