Alex Garland Sets Jessie Buckley to Star in ‘Men’

The wheels are turning on the next feature from Alex Garland.


Less than two months ago, we reported that Alex Garland was readying up a small horror film to be shot (hopefully) in 2021. It seems like things are working out fine for him, as A24 has picked up the film for financing and distribution. Garland penned the script and will direct the feature, which is now titled Men. Scott Rudin will once again produce the project alongside Eli Bush (Lady Bird), plus DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich (Devs).


English actor and playwright Rory Kinnear promptly joined the film. He is best known for his role as Bill Tanner in Daniel Craig’s James Bond films, but he is probably one of the most prolific English actors working today. He also appeared in FX’s short-lived Penny Dreadful: City of Angels last year.


As for Jessie Buckley, who recently starred in Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, sources tell Deadline that her deal is not closed, but we should expect it to be done soon. Some folks might also remember Buckley from HBO’s hit miniseries Chernobyl, where she had a small but impactful role. She is also a singer, as her career started in BBC’s talent show I’d Do Anything, in which she placed second.


Alex Garland is returning to A24, who helped produce Ex_Machina (2014), after finding success with 2018’s Annihilation, which was produced by Paramount and distributed internationally by Netflix. While Ex_Machina is Garland’s official debut as director, gossip has it he shadow-directed Dredd (2012) after credited director Pete Travis’ work was not up to par.


The film is said to follow a woman who goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband. I can already see where this is going, and it will probably be bonkers.