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Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson Cast in Suspiria Remake

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Written by John Squires

A remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria has been talked about for many years now, and several directors/stars have been attached. But it seems that the film is finally getting off the ground, and Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is set to find himself in the director’s chair. From what we understand, things are moving along, and the casting process has begun. Read on for the latest.

Over on Twitter this week, film critic Alex Heller-Nicholas posted a tweet about a Q&A session Guadagnino took part in on Monday, listing off several tidbits of information that the director shared about his Suspiria remake. The big news here is that Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Tilda Swinton (too many awesome things to name) have been cast in the film.

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Guadagnino also noted, as we recently reported, that his Suspiria will be set in Berlin, Germany in 1977, and he’s hoping to have John Adams work on the score. In addition, he mentioned that the remake will be the most “Fassbinderian” film he’s ever made – a reference to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose work has obviously been a huge influence on Guadagnino.

Here are some other things Guadagnino recently said about the remake…

The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14. I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It’s going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. It’s going to be about finding your inner voice – the title is very evocative on these grounds.”

The movie by Dario Argento was maybe a child of its own times. It’s very delicate; almost childish. I have a very strong interest in German literature and film, so I think [my] Suspiria will have to focus very strongly on that moment in history, in 1977, when Germany was divided and a new generation was claiming and asking to recognise the debt of guilt that forged the new Germany after the war against the fathers who wanted to deny the responsibility.”

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