‘Spiderhead’ on Netflix: Joseph Kosinski says he 'lucked out' by getting Chris Hemsworth as his lead
We all have literally been huge ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ fans ever since Chris Hemsworth’s brilliant portrayal of Thor. But now the iconic star has surprised all his fans globally by giving yet another trailblazing performance as a science visionary Steve Abnesti in Netflix's 'Spiderhead'. ‘Spiderhead’, the much-awaited dystopian world sci-fi thriller which released on Netflix at June 17, 2022, has been getting rave reviews ever since with fans having mixed reactions to Hemsworth's role. The film has been directed by Joseph Kosinski.
The plot of the film ‘Spiderhead’ revolves around a dystopian world where two prison inmates within Abnesti’s (Chris Hemsworth) modernized prison are a subject of an experiment. Abnesti’s experiment on these two inmates particularly, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), turn very dangerous and vicious since it starts pushing the limits of free will altogether resulting in both Jeff and Lizzy getting trapped with no way out. Fans can also watch psychological thrillers like ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ and ‘YOU’ among others.
In a recent interview with JoBlo.com, director Joseph Kosinski opened up on how ‘Spiderhead’ is a more contained story with only three ensemble characters, said, “I mean, it’s obviously a completely different budget in different, you know, timeframe. Top Gun was a 133-day shoot. Spiderhead was a 40-day shoot. From a creative point of view, I approach it in the exact same way. I put as much effort in, I put as much thought into as much creativity. Obviously, this is an ensemble piece with three characters. The focus is on performance because that’s, that’s what the film lives on is, is the performance of these three characters”.
Also giving details on why ‘Spiderhead’ is a really unusual and unique film in his filmography till date, Kosinski shared, “It is something different. I love, I love mixing it up and doing different scales and doing different genres and flexing different muscles as a director. And this was a wonderful opportunity to do something with a very unique tone and really unique performances that you normally wouldn’t get to do in any other type of film. This is such a unique story, you know? I had so much fun making it. It was a wonderful experience to make this and work with Chris [Hemsworth] for the first time and shoot it in Australia in the darkest part of the pandemic when everything was unlocked. And be able to just tell a really special, original story”.
Finally also spilling the beans on if he had been familiar with George Saunders as an author before coming onboard as the director for ‘Spiderhead’, Kosinski added, “I was familiar obviously with his name and I think I had read “Escape from Spiderhead” in 2010 when it was originally published which is why I was kind of drawn to the script in the first place. The script is what grabbed me initially. I just thought Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did an incredible job capturing the tone of what George did by taking a short story and expanding it into a film. When you read that short story it’s really hard to imagine how you could do that. These guys figured out how to do it. I was just drawn to the character of Steve Abnesti. He’s just a fascinating kind of sociopathic person who’s got these idealistic intentions, but you know, obviously, his methods are very questionable. At the same time, he’s very charming and very funny. I just thought it would be a wonderful challenge for the right actor to want to tackle. And we lucked out with getting Chris Hemsworth”.
The movie is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who has also helmed the latest 'Top Gun' sequel. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett in leading roles.