Some people are just born to be buried.
In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family. Spanning the time between World War II and the Vietnam war, director Antonio Campos’ THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME renders a seductive and horrific landscape that pits the just against the corrupted. Co-starring Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, Haley Bennett, and Pokey LaFarge, this suspenseful, finely-woven tale is adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s award-winning novel.
We have another new production still of Tom from The Devil All The Time!
EMPIRE – In recent years, Tom Holland has dominated the big screen as the MCU’s Spider-Man – a charming, witty incarnation of Peter Parker with a youth and vitality that sets him apart from the rest of the Marvel roster. But in the likes of The Impossible and The Lost City Of Z, he’s also headed into more dramatic territory – and he’s about to appear in a film that’s as far removed from the Marvel universe as anything he’s done. Holland leads Antonio Campos’ upcoming psychological thriller The Devil All The Time – a sprawling, decade-spanning, multi-generational tale about the trauma of war – coming soon to Netflix, and based on Donald Ray Pollock’s acclaimed novel.
Holland plays Arvin Russell, the son of troubled World War II veteran Willard Russell (played by IT star Bill Skarsgård) – and he’s part of a tapestry of characters that elsewhere takes in Robert Pattinson as an unsettling preacher, Sebastian Stan as a cop, and Jason Clarke and Riley Keough as a pair of loved-up serial killers. Speaking to Empire in the Ultimate Movie Playlist issue, Campos was impressed at how Holland immersed himself in a very different kind of movie.“I don’t believe he does anything without diving headfirst into it and giving himself completely over to it,” he says.
As the disparate stories start to weave together, the film delves into some unsettling territory in an exploration of PTSD, violence and faith. “There are dark things that happen,” says Campos. “But I think that experiencing darkness is not a bad thing when it’s done in the right context. The film is not glorifying violence; it’s trying to understand where it comes from. It’s trying to understand its connection – especially in this country – to faith, and people abusing the power of faith.”
Entertainment Weekly has given us the first look at Tom in his upcoming film The Devil All the Time. The film will be released September 16 on Netflix.
Netflix drama The Devil All the Time is the new movie from filmmaker Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, 2016’s Christine) and is based on novelist Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 family saga of the same name. “It’s a multi-strand narrative set between the end of World War II and the beginning of America’s involvement in Vietnam in which a motley group of characters’ lives all intersect,” says the director.
If Campos is a little secretive about the nature of the film’s plot there is no hiding the star-studded nature of the cast, which includes Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Holland, who plays the movie’s central, and troubled, character, Arvin Russell.
“I was really eager to work with Antonio because his previous films that I’ve seen are very raw,” says Holland. “I guess it was the challenge of doing a different accent, playing the rural kid, a period film, a new director. Everything ticked the boxes for me.”
“Tom is a very sweet person and a very generous actor but he’s willing to go wherever he needs to go emotionally for the character,” says Campos. “He wanted to go where he had to go. Tom’s electric. He’s sort of sitting there doing nothing and is immensely watchable.”
Robert Pattinson, meanwhile, plays a preacher named Preston Teagardin.
“Rob prepared a bunch of ideas and you don’t know what you’re going to get but it’s all interesting,” says Campos. “The character coming to life — I saw that in front of me when we were on set.”
Although the movie is in large part set in rural Ohio, the director shot the film in Alabama.