Tilda Swinton Joins Michael Fassbender in David Fincher's Upcoming "The Killer"

Production is slated to begin next year.

  • Tilda Swinton (Variety)
    Tilda Swinton is on board The Killer. 

Tilda Swinton has joined the new David Fincher film, The Killer, alongside Michael Fassbender.

The Academy Award-winning actress was announced to have joined the cast after rumors circulated of her involvement, but now it has become clear that she will have an important role.

Fincher’s upcoming flick is an adaptation of Alexis Nolent’s French graphic novel series of the same name, which began publishing in 1998 and welcomed the latest addition to its saga arriving in 2017. The French story centers on an unnamed killer, played by Fassbender, who starts having a “psychological crisis in a world with no moral compass.”

  • Director David Fincher & Actor Michael Fassbender
    Director David Fincher & Actor Michael Fassbender.

Following his Oscar-winning 2020 film Mank, sources have assured that the Zodiac director is taking a well-deserved break from making “prestige films” and will go back to making a pulpy, grim, and probably violent “movie.” The director himself has made this distinction, describing Mank as a film in contrast with Seven, his breakout oeuvre, as a movie.

Intriguingly, The Killer officially reunites Fincher with one of his oldest collaborators, Andrew Kevin Walker, who penned Seven’s screenplay more than 25 years ago. Despite having unofficially reworked some of Fincher screenplays and developing some of the director’s projects in their earliest phases - notably the aborted sequel to Fincher’s highly-elegant Dragon Tattoo film, The Girl Who Played with Fire - the upcoming thriller is their second official collaboration.

The film was set to be shot by the end of this year but given Fassbender’s heavy schedule, production has moved to Paris and is to start next season. Additionally, it will be shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, who won for his work on Fincher’s Mank.

The Killer will be released by Netflix, which has become the director’s favorite studio seemingly after he developed the hit political series House of Cards for them as well as the thrilling FBI investigative show Mindhunter, before it released his film Mank which centered on the making of the Orson Welles masterpiece Citizen Kane.