NEON today announced that Hunter Schafer, Academy Award® Nominee John Malkovich, Gemma Chan and Sofia Boutella will star in the upcoming Cuckoo, written and to be directed by Tilman Singer. Jan Bluthardt, Zita Hanrot, and Proschat Madani round out the cast. Ken Kao and Josh Rosenbaum of Waypoint Entertainment are producing along with Markus Halberschmidt and Maria Tsigka of FICTION PARK, and Thor Bradwell. NEON is financing the horror picture, which will begin principal photography in April 2022.
Cuckoo marks Tilman’s sophomore feature following his supernatural horror film Luz, which debuted at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest and Best Film at the Milan Film Festival. The team behind Luz is also reuniting for Cuckoo, which includes Paul Faltz as Cinematographer, Simon Waskow as Composer, and Dario Mendez Acosta as Production Designer.
Schafer made her acting debut portraying Jules in the HBO critically acclaimed series “Euphoria.” She also co-wrote and co-executive produced a special episode for the series, which aired earlier this year. In 2021, Time named her to its Next list of 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.
Malkovich was nominated for two Academy Awards for his roles inPlaces in the Heart and In the Line of Fire. He has starred in over 70 films, including The Killing Fields, Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Mulholland Falls, Con Air, Rounders, Being John Malkovich, Shadow of the Vampire, Ripley’s Game, Johnny English, Burn After Reading, Red, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Warm Bodies, Cesar Chavez, Bird Box, and Velvet Buzzsaw. He will next star in Charlie Day’s El Tonto with Kate Beckinsale and Jason Sudeikis and Empress of Serenity with Bill Hader and Issa Rae.
Chan gained widespread recognition for her role in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, which became a critical and commercial hit. She recently joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel. Last year she also starred opposite Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk, an original comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh, and she can currently be heard as the voice of Namaari in Disney’s latest animation, Raya and the Last Dragon. Chan will star in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek, and in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling with Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Harry Styles.
Boutella came to be known for her break out turn in the hit franchise film The Kingsman. She went on to star in Universal’s The Mummy with Tom Cruise, Atomic Blonde alongside Charlize Theron, Ramin Bahrini’s Fahrenheit 451 for HBO and A24’s Climax for Gaspar Noé. She can currently be seen in Wyatt Rockefeller’s feature debut Settlers for IFC Films.
Schafer is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, Malkovich by WME, Chan by Independent Talent Group, WME and M88, and Boutella is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and 42. Cuckoo will have additional support from German Regional Fund Film und Median Stiftung NRW.