Anne Hathaway breaks away from rom-coms and dramas for the mysterious, sci-fi monster flick Colossal.
Playing a woman who discovers that a severe catastrophic “monster” event is somehow connected to her mental breakdown isn’t something we’re seeing Anne Hathaway play.
Directed byNacho Vigalondo, the film follows a going-nowhere party girl Gloria (Hathaway) who realizes a mysterious connection between herself and a giant monster wreaking havoc on the other side of the globe.
Gloria parties too hard, drinks too much, and doesn’t think about the consequences — that is, until her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) gets sick of her behaviour and throws her out. Unemployed and with nowhere to live, Gloria heads back to her hometown and rekindles a friendship with childhood chum Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who now runs his dad’s old bar.
As the movie goes on, and you realize how this monster
is connected to Gloria, you understand the nature of the beast from a new angle. So yeah, the monster has a twist.”
—Nacho Vigalondo, Director.
When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
“The movie’s coming from my obvious love towards monster movies, and I was always intrigued by the possibility of setting a monster movie story in a human scale,” director Vigalondo told EW. “This is a monster movie that collides with a small indie drama, which is an interesting collision.”
“We tried to come up with a new monster,” he added. “We’ve seen some of those in many films, and we tried to find something that feels unique. As the movie goes on, and you realize how this monster is connected to Gloria, you understand the nature of the beast from a new angle. So yeah, the monster has a twist.”
Colossal, a Spanish-Canadian production premieres during TIFF 2016.