Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn’s hotly anticipated The Neon Demon, which chronicles the hellish ordeal of a young aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who embarks on a journey to Los Angeles to pursue her dream career, has been picked up by Amazon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The model encounters a coven of insidious women who covet her youth and beauty and attempt to sap it from her. “One morning, I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women,” Refn said. “Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.” The film also stars Christina Hendricks (who literally carved her own face off in the name of beauty in Ryan Gosling’s oneiric Lost River) and the beautiful Keanu Reeves, who doesn’t ever seem to age. Refn’s polarizing Only God Forgives, a laconic and leisurely descent into a nightmare realm of violence and betrayal, rubbed a lot of fans of the more mainstream Drive the wrong way. It’ll be interesting to see whether the filmmaker delves deeper into opacity or returns to a more approachable aesthetic for streaming audiences.
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