When filmmaker Ti West embarked on his journey to create the movie X, little did the audience know that he had a surprise up his sleeve—a prequel film called Pearl. Teaming up with A24, West aimed to craft a captivating world within the slasher horror genre. The first film, set in 1979, takes us on a chilling ride with a group of adult filmmakers in search of the perfect shooting location. What they find instead is a remote guest house rented from an elderly couple, evoking eerie echoes of the iconic Sawyer farmhouse from Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The ensemble cast includes producer Wayne (Martin Henderson), his girlfriend Maxine (Mia Goth), pornstar couple Bobby-Lynne and Jackson (Brittany Snow and Scott Mescudi, respectively), filmmaker RJ (Owen Campbell), and his girlfriend and assistant, Lorraine (Jenna Ortega). As the plot unfolds, they are slowly picked off one by one, leading to a shocking revelation—the elderly couple, particularly the enigmatic Pearl, are the killers. Their motive? A dark cocktail of jealousy and rage fueled by lost youth, desirability, and beauty. Mia Goth takes on a dual role, portraying both the sole survivor, Maxine, and the chillingly murderous Pearl. Her transformation required an astounding 10 hours of intricate prosthetic makeup on the days she filmed as the elderly character. Notably, both X and Pearl were filmed simultaneously, and Pearl hit theaters just six months after X. The prequel, set in 1918, delves deep into the origin story of the titular character, Pearl, exploring her sinister aspirations for fame and stardom that drive her to commit heinous acts. But the story doesn’t end there. At the conclusion of Pearl, a tantalizing stinger was attached to the credits, offering a glimpse into West’s final installment—MaXXXine. In this brief clip, resembling a VHS cassette playback, we’re treated to helicopter footage soaring over what seems to be the iconic Hollywood sign, with a twist. The letters have been cunningly rearranged to spell out Maxine’s name, and the additional “XXX” hints that her journey may still be entwined with the adult film industry. As we eagerly await the release of MaXXXine, this article aims to provide you with all the essential details about this upcoming cinematic experience!
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Will MaXXXine Be in Theaters?
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it seems highly likely that Maxxxine will make its debut in theaters before becoming available for streaming, following the pattern set by its predecessors.
Director Ti West has expressed that you can certainly watch each movie as a standalone experience and still enjoy them. However, the real magic happens when you view them together, as they add layers and depth to the characters and the overarching storyline. So, if you’re considering a refresher by watching the first two films, you’re in luck. X is currently accessible for streaming on platforms like Hulu or Amazon Prime, provided you have a premium subscription to Showtime. As for Pearl, you can easily rent or purchase it through Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or Redbox.
Is There a Trailer for MaXXXine?
While there isn’t an official trailer available at the moment, you can catch a glimpse of what’s to come in a one-minute-long teaser that’s included in the post-credits scene.
Who Stars in MaXXXine?
Mia Goth will be returning to her role as Maxine, and it’s worth noting that she handled three distinct roles across X and Pearl, which truly showcases her versatility as an actress. Her recent appearance in Brandon Cronenberg’s horror film, Infinity Pool, has kept her in the spotlight. Joining Goth in the Hollywood lineup are some notable names: Michelle Monaghan, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Debicki, Lily Collins, Kevin Bacon, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, and Moses Sumney. It’s an impressive cast, so let’s dive into where you might recognize them from.
Michelle Monaghan is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Angie Gennaro in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone. She also made waves in the first season of True Detective as Maggie Hart, Detective Hart’s wife. Giancarlo Esposito shot to fame with his role as the formidable Gus Fring in the hit series Breaking Bad, and he continued his success in the Star Wars universe as Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian. Elizabeth Debicki took on the role of Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby and appeared in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending Tenet as Kat.
Lily Collins has recently graced the screen in the crime thriller Windfall and portrayed Liz Kendall, the girlfriend of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, in Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile. Kevin Bacon, a veteran in the industry, was last seen in the horror thriller They/Them, adding to his long list of horror film appearances dating back to the original Friday the 13th. Bobby Cannavale took the lead in the new drama thriller series, The Watcher, and also featured in the television miniseries, 9 Perfect Strangers.
Halsey, primarily known for her music career, made her acting debut in the film If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Given the intriguing title of the movie, it seems she might have an interesting parallel with Mia Goth’s character in MaXXXine. Last but not least, we have Moses Sumney, a musician who ventured into acting and appeared in the 2015 film Creed as a member of Bianca’s band. Ti West seems to have a knack for casting musicians, as seen with Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. “Kid Cudi,” who played Jackson Hole in X.
What Is MaXXXine About?
Set in the vibrant backdrop of 1985 Los Angeles, this movie stands as a direct sequel to X, picking up the story with the resilient survivor, Maxine, still in pursuit of fame. While specific plot details remain shrouded in mystery, one thing is abundantly clear: Maxine is unwavering in her quest and will settle for nothing less than what she believes she deserves. The film will delve into the profound impact of cinema on society, with a particular focus on the evolution of home video releases.
Building on the 70s slasher-style horror of the first film (X) and the “Golden Age of Hollywood” approach in Pearl, MaXXXine promises to explore a fresh style and sub-genre of horror. Lead actress Mia Goth has teased that this installment boasts the most compelling story of the trilogy. She envisions it as a kind of “superhero story,” where her character, despite enduring immense challenges, perseveres in her fight for success. They say Hollywood can be ruthless…
In a revealing interview, Ti West shared insights into how MaXXXine will not only connect with X but also with Pearl:
But MaXXXine as an integral part of a trilogy is infinitely more intriguing; that’s a key part of the overarching concept,” West explained. You first met Pearl in X, then got to know a different facet of her in Pearl. Yes, you’ve encountered Maxine. This installment is a continuation of Maxine’s journey, but she finds herself at a markedly different juncture in life. Reconnecting with her in this context promises to be a captivating experience, and Mia Goth will once again astound with her portrayal.”
Goth herself hinted at the heightened stakes of the film in an interview with Collider’s Perri Nemiroff:
“It’s an absolute blast of a movie. Ti, honestly, I’m not sure how he does it. He has this remarkable ability to craft these immersive worlds. MaXXXine is the grandest of the three films, with stakes that reach their zenith. Maxine has weathered so much by this point, and her journey is about to reach a thrilling crescendo.”
Who Is Making MaXXXine?
Continuing in the tradition of the first two films, Ti West takes the reins as both the writer and director of this upcoming installment. Although Mia Goth won’t be co-writing the screenplay this time, she steps into the role of executive producer, contributing her creative input. West, not only directing but also producing, joins forces with Jacob Jaffke, Harrison Kreiss, and Kevin Turen, a team of seasoned producers who previously worked on the first two films.
When and Where Did MaXXXine Film?
In a tweet dated April 11, 2023, A24 made an exciting announcement – the cameras are rolling! Filming for ‘MaXXXine’ has kicked off, and the production crew is hard at work on location in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, California.