Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in the upcoming experimental drama, SWISS ARMY MEN. Written and directed by duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the pic centers on a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a corpse, together embarking on a bizarre quest to return home. The project marks the feature debut for the directors, who made their name helming music videos, even going on to win an MTV music video award. Swiss Army Man was developed in the Sundance lab, with the Daniels commenting:
“Swiss Army Man started out as a silly short film idea years ago involving a stranded guy riding a dead body’s farts off of an island like a jet ski. That was it. Then we started trying to come up with some sort of story that would give us an excuse to do that in a movie and we accidentally wrote a really deeply personal story. Now it’s become this puzzle of a story that still fascinates us. And it’s sort of the ultimate feature-sized example of the narrative and visual roller coaster movies we’ve been working on the past few years together. It’s gonna’ be our Apocalypse Now, where we disappear into the forest for weeks and lose our minds and discover who we are as men.”
Dano can currently be seen portraying a younger Brian Wilson opposite John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks in the biopic Love & Mercy, which bowed earlier this month. Up next, the There Will Be Blood and Prisoners star will appear in the Michael Caine/Harvey Keitel drama Youth. Dano is also in production on a BBC miniseries adaptation of War and Peace, starring alongside Lily James, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox, and Jim Broadbent. WME and Anonymous Content represent Dano.
Winstead most recently appeared as a cult deprogrammer in the indie dramedy Faults and starred opposite Chris Messina in the drama Alex of Venice. Next up, the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World star will appear in John Krasinski’s drama The Hollars, which also stars Krasinski and Anna Kendrick. She’ll also star in an untitled J.J. Abrams-produced contained thriller for Paramount. She’s repped by UTA.
Radcliffe is coming off of the indie rom-com What If and the Alexandre Aja-directed horror/comedy Horns, both which debuted last year. The former Harry Potter star has a packed slate, next appearing in Amy Schumer’s comedy Trainwreck and as the iconic Igor opposite James McAvoy in Victor Frankenstein. He’ll also star with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Isla Fisher in the magician/heist sequel Now You See Me 2. He’s represented by UTA and Artists Rights Group Limited in the UK.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor