Adam Driver has quite the year ahead of him, and here’s everything we know about his upcoming movies. Driver currently stars alongside Marion Cotillard in rock opera Annette, which is in theaters and streaming on Amazon Prime. Though the musical drama has polarized many viewers, several reviews have praised Driver’s performance as unhinged comedian Henry McHenry. Despite the mixed reactions, Annette just reinforces Driver’s versatility and talent in committing to and making any role his own.
Driver has built an eclectic filmography over the years, earning three Emmy nominations for his work on HBO’s Girls, two Oscar nods for BlacKkKlansman and Marriage Story, and a Tony nomination for the Broadway production of Burn This, among others. He has worked with Spielberg and Scorsese and has played everything from an introspective bus driver and budding poet in Paterson to Kylo Ren and Ben Solo in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. There really is no genre that Driver doesn’t flourish in, and that’s what makes him such a highly sought-after artist, both in indie and more mainstream films.
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Driver’s new projects include a variety of genres and period pieces. Two of the upcoming features follow historical figures and are based on true stories, while the others herald Driver’s return to sci-fi and working with a long-time collaborator. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the following releases.
Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel details the real-life last judicial duel in 14th century France, as discussed in Eric Jager’s The Last Duel: A Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France. Driver plays Jacques Le Gris, a squire accused of rape. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Free Guy) plays Marguerite de Carrouges, his accuser, and Matt Damon (The Martian, the Jason Bourne series) is her husband, Jean de Carrouges. Jean de Carrouges challenges Le Gris to a duel, though Le Gris declares his innocence. The caveat is that if de Carrouges dies, so will Marguerite for lying about the assault. Due to pandemic-related delays, The Last Duel was originally scheduled to hit theaters back in December 2020. It will now be released in mid-October after premiering at the Venice Film Festival.
Driver’s second collaboration with Ridley Scott (Gladiator) is in House of Gucci, which explores Patrizia Reggiani’s motives surrounding the real-life death of her ex-husband and head of Gucci, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995. Reggiani had hired a hitman to kill Maurizio and was later convicted. House of Gucci is based on the events in Sarah Gay Gorden’s book House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. Driver plays the aforementioned Maurizio Gucci alongside Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) as his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The trailer leans heavily into the flashy extravagance of the Gucci family while teasing its seedy underbelly.
Currently, in post-production, 65’s exact plot and Driver’s character remain a mystery. What is known is that it’s a sci-fi thriller produced by Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead series) and written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who penned the screenplay for A Quiet Place. Adam Driver will star alongside Ariana Greenblatt (Love and Monsters, In The Heights).
White Noise is Driver’s fourth collaboration with director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, Frances Ha) and is currently filming in Ohio. White Noise is based on Don DeLillo’s satiric novel of the same name and follows a college professor of Hitler studies as he grapples with mortality and “The Airborne Toxic Event” that hits his Midwestern town. Driver plays professor Jack Gladney, who becomes increasingly fearful of death throughout the novel and seeks to alleviate his paranoia. Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) plays Jack’s wife, Babette. White Noise will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2022. Overall, there are quite a few projects Adam Driver fans have to look forward to.