While he may be known for his recent roles as the flamboyant Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in Pam & Tommy, a cannibal with charisma in Fresh or his long-term appearances as Bucky Barnes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sebastian Stan’s latest movie transforms him into an Elephant Man-style character which leaves him unrecognizable. A Different Man is another upcoming movie produced by the recently soaring A24, who have recently delivered hits such as Hereditary, and this year’s releases of Everything Everywhere All At Once, X and Men, and it looks certain to be another hit for the Indie studio.
Sebastian Stan made his movie debut way back in 1994 but did not start to appear regularly until over a decade later. It was almost another ten years before he made his first appearance as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in Captain America: The First Avenger, which really elevated his career. Having last appeared in that role in last year’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series on Disney+, Stan has since been spreading his wings into a range of diverse roles, and A Different Man seems likely to add another string to his bow.
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Written and directed by Aaron Schimberg, A Different Man “tells the story of Edward, an outcast yearning for a new life who decides to undergo facial reconstructive surgery. Following the procedure, he becomes obsessed with an actor starring as him in a stage production based on his former life.” The psychological thriller is not slated to be released until 2023, but you can see the first image of Stan in character as shared by the actor below.
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A Different Man Will Examine Social Stigma Around Deformity
The film will also star Renate Reinsve and Adam Pearson, who lives with neurofibromatosis type 1 and has frequently spoken openly about how having facial disfigurement has impacted his life due to bullying he has endured over the years. As a successful actor and TV presenter, Pearson has proven that it is possible to overcome such disabilities and carve a successful career in the entertainment industry, and in A Different Man, he will play the person who performs Stan’s character’s role in the stage play made about his life.
While there is certainly going to be something dark and horrific about the movie, based on Schimberg’s past movies, that will not come in any way from often used tropes of depicting disfigurement as a sign of being a villain but will instead explore the views of society when it comes how we view deformity in general. Of course, with Stan’s character seemingly going to transform from how he appears in the image he shared to his usual appearance, the story will also focus on the psychological impact of the type of surgery the character undergoes and how it changes them beyond just their looks.
A Different Man’s cast was announced in June and production officially started on the movie earlier this month. The film is expected to arrive in theaters in mid-2023.