After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare.
Color Out of Space is a 2020 horror film directed by Richard Stanley, based on the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight and Tommy Chong. This is Stanley’s first feature film since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).
- Starring : Nicolas Cage / Joely Richardson
- Genre : Horror / Sci-Fi
- Country : Portugal / United States / Malaysia
- Language : English
- Director : Richard Stanley
- Production : SpectreVision / ACE Pictures Entertainment / BRO Cinema / XYZ Films
- Distributor : RLJE Films / Umbrella Entertainment / VVS Films
Color Out of Space movie
Color Out of Space release date
- September 7, 2019 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 20, 2019 : USA (Fantastic Fest)
- October 7, 2019 : UK (London Film Festival)
- October 11, 2019 : Spain (Sitges Film Festival)
- November 3, 2019 : Australia (Monsterfest Film Festival)
- November 10, 2019 : Sweden (Stockholm International Film Festival)
- November 15, 2019 : Spain (Molins Film Festival)
- January 24, 2020 : USA
- February 28, 2020 : UK
Color Out of Space cast
- Nicolas Cage as Nathan Gardner
- Joely Richardson as Theresa Gardner
- Madeleine Arthur as Lavinia Gardner
- Elliot Knight as Ward Phillips
- Tommy Chong as Ezra
- Q’orianka Kilcher as Mayor Tooma
- Julian Hilliard as Jack Gardner
- Brendan Meyer as Benny Gardner
- Melissa Nearman as Reporter
- Brett W. Bachman as Reporter (voice)
Richard Stanley’s mother, Penny Miller, was a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft and read Lovecraft’s works to Stanley when he was young. At the age of 12 or 13, Stanley read “The Colour Out of Space”, which he said has always been a part of his psychological makeup. When his mother suffered from cancer, Stanley read Lovecraft’s works to her in her declining years.
Stanley initially announced the project in 2013 and showcased a proof of concept trailer online. In September 2015, it was announced that Spectrevision would be producing the film with a projected start date of early 2016.
After many delays, it was announced in December 2018 that Nicolas Cage accepted the lead role and that filming would begin in early 2019. In January 2019, additional cast members were announced including Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher. Filming took place in Portugal in February 2019.
Color Out of Space premiered on September 7, 2019 in the Midnight Madness portion of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. On September 6, 2019, it was announced that RLJE Films acquired U.S. rights in a low-mid seven figure deal.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Color Out of Space holds an approval rating of 85%, based on 41 reviews, and an average rating of 6.76/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Playing the lead role of Nathan Gardner in the movie is American actor and filmmaker Nicolas Cage (age 56). Cage has been nominated for numerous major cinematic awards, and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the movie Leaving Las Vegas (1995), a film that also brought him to the attention of wider audiences. After “Leaving Las Vegas”, Cage starred in mainstream films like The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), Snake Eyes (1998) and City of Angels (1998). He also starred in other box-office success films like National Treasure (2004), Kick-Ass (2010), Ghost Rider (2007), Knowing (2009), The Croods (2013), Mom and Dad (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
English actress Joely Richardson (age 54) is Theresa Gardner in “Color Out of Space.” Richardson became known for her role as Julia McNamara in the FX drama series Nip/Tuck (2003–10), and Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime series The Tudors (2010). She has also appeared in notable films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), The Patriot (2000), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the remake of Endless Love (2014), and Red Sparrow (2018).
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