Netflix has dropped the first thing for The Last Thing He Wanted, the latest film from Pariah, Bessie and Mudbound director Dee Rees.
It is adapted from Joan Didion’s 1996 political thriller of the same name. The rights were optioned in 2016 by Mudbound producer Cassian Elwes of Elevated, who is producing with Rees. Rees co-wrote the script with Marco Villalobos.
Wanted, which is said to have a cult-like following for Didion fans, centers on a Washington Post journalist (Anne Hathaway) who gets thrown into the dangerous world of arms dealing by a covert government operation. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Rosie Perez and Edi Gathegi.
“This work is one of my favorite Joan Didion novels and is a brilliant and layered piece of fiction. I am forever attracted to interesting, unexpected characters and Didion is one of the greatest masters of the form. I’m so excited to be able to interpret this literary masterpiece," said Rees in an earlier statement.
Rees' last film, Mudbound came at a time when Netflix original films were just beginning to become serious award contenders. Wanted will probably be in those conversations as well, but time will tell if they will be considered as true players (Mudbound's few nods included Best Adapted Screenplay and an acting nod for Mary J. Blige).
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