Emma Stone was originally cast in Searchlight’s psychological thriller ‘The Menu’ but was replaced by Anya Taylor-Joy.

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She will play one half of the couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu.


Anya Taylor-Joy is negotiating an agreement to replace Emma Stone in Searchlight’s darkly humorous thriller The Menu, which will also feature Ralph Fiennes, while she awaits her first Emmy nod for The Queen’s Gambit.


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Hyperobject Industries’ Adam McKay and Betsy Koch will produce, while McKay’s Succession partner Mark Mylod will direct from a story by Will Tracy and Seth Reiss. The project will be overseen by Searchlight execs DanTram Nguyen and Zahra Phillips, who had previously attached Alexander Payne to helm the picture.


The Meal is a film about a young couple who visit an upscale restaurant on a secluded island where an accomplished chef (Fiennes) has prepared a spectacular tasting menu. The filmmakers have been recruiting Daniel Radcliffe, Fiennes’ Harry Potter co-star, to portray himself in the film, according to reports. Taylor-Joy will portray one side of the pair, but there will be a complete dining table full of visitors.Radcliffe has a fantastic sense of humor and has worked with Fiennes before, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him join this cast.

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Taylor-Joy has recently been in The New Mutants and Emma, in addition to The Queen’s Gambit, which is undoubtedly one of the year’s greatest streaming blockbusters. She will act with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho, as well as Robert Eggers’ Viking drama The Northman, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa, and David O. Russell’s unnamed historical film. Taylor-Joy is a promising young actress, and if anybody can fill Stone’s shoes these days, she has a shot to do it as well as any of her skilled contemporaries.


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