Mickey 17: Bong Joon-Ho and Robert Pattinson Sci-Fi Movie Gets March 2024 Release Date
mickey 17, the upcoming collaboration between Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho and actor Robert Pattinson, just got a release date. With a first look, Warner Bros. confirmed that the sci-fi film will make its big screen debut on March 29, 2024. The images are pretty vague on details and simply show our lead waking up from a deep sleep, and staring at the camera. No synopsis was immediately available, but filmmaker Parasite’s latest joint is known to be adapted from Edward Ashton’s new novel, “mickey 7.”
Pattinson will play Mickey Barnes the “expendable”, a disposable employee, who is sent on a human expedition to colonize the ice world of Niflheim. However, each time an iteration dies, it is replaced by a new clone, with almost all memories intact. Upon returning from one of his dangerous missions, he discovers that a replacement, Mickey 8, has already shown up for work, causing him to question his existence, forge a conscience, and prevent the clone. to take his place.
From a thematic point of view, mickey 17 is similar to the arc of Rei Ayanami from the popular 1995 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, who, upon discovering her reality as a clone, simply accepts it and continues in grief – understandable, as she had the spirit of a teenager. Mickey, on the other hand, is an adult capable of making his own decisions and, therefore, fighting back.
Bong seems to be adding a strong twist to Ashton’s material though, incorporating 10 more iterations of the clone, which might suggest a more advanced, self-aware version. Throughout his illustrious career, the director has spoken about the class divide in society and how the oppressed struggle to find a place in the world. A similar idea is presented here, where worker Mickey serves his privileged superiors, while being treated as a disposable entity. Although not explicitly mentioned, mickey 17 appears to be Bong’s first all-English film. His previous entries, Snowpiercer (2013) and Okja (2017), featured a mix of multiple spoken languages, mostly switching from English to Korean.
Along with Pattinson, mickey 17 also stars Steven Yeun (Minari), Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac).
Production on the film began in the UK in August with Plan B Entertainment, Kate Street Picture Company’s Dooho Choi and Bong’s own Offscreen banner. Darius Khondji, who has made a name for himself through collaborations with authors such as Se7en by David Fincher and Funny Games by Michael Haneke (USA), is director of photography for mickey 17.
mickey 17 is set to hit theaters on March 29, 2024.