Trailer, release date, cast and everything you need to know

In less than a decade, A24 has grown from a fringe indie studio to a name widely celebrated by moviegoers around the world. The studio has released a wide range of films from a variety of filmmakers, some already established, some local, and they’ve also given some of your favorite stars the chance to make their feature debuts. They have released award-winning films such as Barry JenkinsMoonlight, Greta Gerwigit’s lady birdand Lenny Abrahamsonit’s Hallbut perhaps their most successful production is their horror movies.

The studio has given acclaimed genre authors such as Robert Egger and Ari Aster a chance to really show moviegoers what they are capable of. 2022 looks like a great year for horror for the studio as they have an Oscar nominee Alex Garlandthe next movie Men with this year’s Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessie Buckley in the lead, as well as the star-studded Gen-Z slasher movie Bodies, bodies, bodiesand last but not least, Ari Asterthe last horror epic Boulevard of disappointment with the Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix and an all-star cast that also includes Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Parker Posey, Stephen McKinley-Henderson, Michel Gandolfini, Zoe Lister Jonesand Richard Kind.


Before these movies hit the big screen, A24 has another scary movie up its sleeve from Ti Westthe underrated horror author behind The Devil’s Housein the form of Xa film that promises to mix camp, 70s slashers, pornography, old killers, and Kid Cudi together in a pretty gory package (I mean, what more could you ask for?). X seems to be quite unlike any other great horror movie A24 has made before with a much less serious approach than the likes of Hereditary and The Vitch. With a release date fast approaching, here’s your handy guide to everything you need to know before you get started. X.

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Here is the official Red Band for X trailer

A24 released the first official trailer for X on January 12, 2022, just in time for the fifth installment of the Yell franchise. The trailer, which is fixed on a cover of the muddy waters The song “I Just Want to Make Love to You” is definitely NSFW, with glimpses of sex, bloody violence, and lots of swearing, so maybe wait until you’re home to watch the trailer. There’s a very campy B-movie tone to the trailer, which makes sense when looking back at some of West’s other films. With a title card that reads “From the studio that brought you hereditary,” the marketing department isn’t afraid to let audiences know this isn’t your typical horror photo and of course, will have people screaming with joy. die-hard studio fans.

When does X come out?

X will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 13, 2022. The horror pic is then set to hit theaters everywhere a few days later on March 18, 2022, where it will open against Sony. Sandra Oh-directed horror movie Ouma from the producer Sam Raimi as well as the Focus Features-backed period thriller The clothe with the Oscar-winning actor and Mescudi’s Don’t look up co-star Marc Rylance as well as Zoey Deutsch and Dylan O’Brien.

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Who is part of the cast of X?

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X has an impressive cast of rising stars, familiar faces and character actors. Jenna Ortega stars as Lorraine, the youngest and most innocent member of the film crew, who appears to be this slasher’s “last girl.” Ortega has been in the business since he was 10 years old, appearing as a younger version of the titular character in the popular CW comedy-drama Joan the Virgin as well as small roles in movies and shows like iron man 3, Insidious: Chapter 2and CSI: NY. The 19-year-old actress got her first big break in 2016, starring in the hit Disney Channel series stuck in the middle which ended its run in 2018. Ortega then played a key role in the second season of the hit Netflix series You next to Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti.

Ortega also starred in Netflix’s horror-comedy sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen opposite juda lewis, Samara weavingand Emily Alyn Lind. Additionally, Ortega has played alongside Jennifer Garnier and Edgar Ramirez in the family comedy yes day on Netflix. 2022 is already a big year for Ortega, she played a leading role in the aforementioned Yellsharing the screen with franchise veterans neve campbell, Courtney Coxand David Arquette as well as new franchise entrants Melissa Barrera and Jack Quaid. Ortega headlining Megane Parkhis directorial debut The consequences, which was released by Warner Bros in January via HBO Max. She can currently be seen sharing the screen with Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters in horror comedy Workshop 666. The next step for the actress is perhaps her biggest project yet: Tim Burtonlive action Addams Family netflix series, Wednesdaywhere she will don the pigtails and play the lead role.

Scott Mescudiwho is best known for his stage name Kid Cudi, is easily the cast’s most recognizable name as Jackson Hole (yes, that’s his character’s name, he’s a 70s pornstar after all). Over the course of his music career, Cudi has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, winning 2. Some of his best known tracks include “Mr. Rager”, “Pursuit Of Happiness” and “Day ‘N’ Nite” (which has recently featured prominently in the marketing of the new Marvel Studios Disney+ series moon knight featuring Oscar Isaac).

Over the past decade, Mescudi has appeared in several films and shows, playing himself in the long-awaited time travel comedy sequel. Bill and Ted face the musicacting opposite Aaron Paul in Need of speeda supporting role in Luca Guadagninofrom the HBO limited series we are who we areand a series of three episodes on the third season of Westworld. More recently, Mescudi played a supporting role in Adam McKaythe polarizing best picture nominee Don’t look up as music superstar DJ Chello and he even performed an original song for the film alongside his on-screen girlfriend Ariana Grande in the form of the incredibly catchy “Just Look Up”. Coming for the superstar is the Shawn Levy-Disney+ movie produced Crater and the Netflix animated series entergalactic from the executive producer Kenya Barris.

Brittany snow and mia goth are also on the call sheet as Bobby-Lynne and Maxine respectively. Snow is best known for her role as Chloe on Universal’s Perfect franchise and has also appeared in films such as hair spray and A good person. Goth has appeared in many genres, including Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of Suspiria, Gore Verbrisnkiis an artistic horror film A cure of well-beingand Claire Dennis‘ science fiction picture high life where she shared the screen with Batman himself, Robert Pattinson. Coming for Goth is Brandon Cronenbergit’s Overflowing swimming pool which also features Alexander Skarsgard.

Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ureand James Gaylen fill out the rest of the cast list.

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When and where was X filmed?

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film for X took place from February 16 to March 16, 2021. Unlike the film in the film’s story, filming did not actually take place on a remote ranch in Texas, but on the North Island of New Zealand in the towns of Whanganui, Fordell and the town of Rangitikei of Bulls.

What is X anyway?

According to A24’s official film synopsis, X follows an adult film crew that travels to a remote Texas farmhouse to film porn. Sensing something is wrong with the elderly owners of the property, the crew learns that their skepticism was right as their hosts’ true intentions come to light and well, that’s not pretty. Who lives, who dies; we’ll just have to see the movie and find out for ourselves.

Here is the official synopsis:

In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the actors find themselves fighting for their lives.

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