Dalíland trailer: Ezra Miller plays a young Salvador Dalí in the biopic

Ben Kingsley directs the film, directed by Mary Harron.

Ezra Miller and Ben Kingsley are two sides of the same Dalí.

Both actors morph into artist Salvador Dalí in Magnolia Pictures’ Dalíland, directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”).

Focusing on Salvador Dalí, one of the world’s most renowned artists of the 20th century, the film focuses on the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Dalí and his wife Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unbreakable bond begins to stress and fracture , according to an official summary. Set in 1974 in New York and Spain, the film is told from the point of view of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant keen to make his mark in the art world and helping the eccentric and erratic Dalí prepare for a major gallery show. Daisy Jones & the Six breakout stars Suki Waterhouse, Andreja Pejic and Rupert Graves also star.

Debuting on the closing night of TIFF 2022, Dalíland is produced by Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling, Edward R. Pressman, Sam Pressman and David O. Sacks.

Director Harron addressed the controversy surrounding actor Miller. The non-binary star, who uses the pronouns “they/them,” has been arrested on a felony count of trespassing; Allegations that Miller choked a woman and ran a “cult-like” community for teenagers were also made public. Miller apologized and announced they were seeking mental health treatment.

Harron shared that Miller had been in her mind for over a decade to perform as a young Dalí.

“At that point the producers and everyone was like, ‘Well, you can’t cast them because they’re not big enough,'” Harron told Vanity Fair. “And then a year later they were too big a star and had to drop out because they got ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and later ‘The Flash.'”

Harron added, “They stayed very loyal to the project for years, even as other people dropped out right and left because of schedule changes and the pandemic.”

Regarding the allegations against Miller, Harron said: “You were very professional and nice to everyone. There were no problems or signs of trouble on set. So it was very upsetting and awful to read what happened later. Reading this stuff was very sad – very sad for everyone involved. Hopefully they get some help for what sounds like a very, very serious hiatus.”

“Dalíland” starts on June 9th in selected cinemas and VOD.

Check out the trailer below.

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