Cat Person, the viral New Yorker short story/culture war litmus test-turned-feature film, has finally gotten a first trailer ahead of its Oct. 6 release.
The film stars Emilia Jones as Margot, a 20-year-old college sophomore who meets the slightly older Robert (Nicholas Braun, a.k.a. Cousin Greg from Succession) while working an otherwise dull job at a movie theater. The pair strike up a bit of a fling — but the red flags immediately start flying: Robert can’t kiss, the sex is awful, and weirdest of all, he claimed to have cats, but there were no cats at his place.
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Kristen Roupenian’s original short story traced the disintegration of this “romance” into a mortifying, awkward mess of poor communication, hurt feelings, and casual cruelty. But Cat Person, the movie, appears ready to up the stakes with a much more sinister stalking plot and some over-the-top thriller touches.
Along with Jones and Bruan, Cat Person — which won Rolling Stone’s unofficial award for the most cringeworthy sex scene at Sundance this year — stars Geraldine Viswanathan, Hope Davis, Isabella Rossellini, Christopher Shyer, Michael Gandolfini, Fred Melamed, and Liza Colón-Zayas. Michelle Ashford adapted Roupenian’s story into the screenplay, and Susanna Vogel directed the movie.
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