10 Actresses We Want To See In Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Movie
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10 Actresses We Want To See In Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Movie


  • Lanthimos’ dynamic filmmaking complements actresses open to experimenting within fantastical yet brutal worlds of hidden human experiences.
  • Actress Anya-Taylor Joy would benefit from Lanthimos’ unorthodox style and bring in a wider audience for his upcoming project.
  • Rachel Sennot’s potential to capture comedy and drama makes her a perfect fit for Lanthimos’ films, providing vital moments of levity.



Yorgos Lanthimos is rumored to have another movie in the works, and for his upcoming project, many talented actresses deserve the chance to work with him. Two of the Best Actress winners at the Oscars in recent years have won for their portrayal of characters in a film directed by Lanthimos. Although no one director’s movie is a path to accolades, his brand of filmmaking meshes well with actresses who aren’t afraid of experimenting and exploring hidden worlds.

Within the fantastical yet brutal worlds he creates, there is a deep understanding of the human experience.

It’s no secret that every Yorgos Lanthimos movie has its fair share of quirks, and his style of filmmaking is not for everyone. However, within the fantastical yet brutal worlds he creates, there is a deep understanding of the human experience. In his most recent film, Poor Things, he collaborated with star Emma Stone in more ways than just as an actor and director. Stone also served as a producer on the movie, opening the door for further input from the actresses he works with in the future.

10 Daisy Edgar Jones

Normal People (2020), Under The Banner Of Heaven (2022), Where The Crawdads Sing (2022)

Daisy Edgar-Jones in Where the Crawdads Sing

Normal People

Normal People is a romantic drama miniseries based on Sally Rooney’s novel. The show centers on two people as they grow up and head to college in Dublin, exploring their relationship in detail. The series follows the two from their academic careers to their troubling family lives and the difficulty they have communicating their feelings for one another.

Paul Mescal , Daisy Edgar-Jones , Desmond Eastwood , Aislín McGuckin , Sarah Greene

Release Date
April 29, 2020


Streaming Service(s)

Lenny Abrahamson

Daisy Edgar Jones first rose to prominence for her role in Normal People, the Hulu miniseries adapted from Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name. In the show, her actions, not words, illustrated her feelings and motivations, which elevated the viewer’s experience. Throughout her work, she’s shown the ability to communicate subtle shifts in her character’s experience without telegraphing every change to the audience. Lanthimos’ movies are thought of as over-the-top in some ways, but that’s always in the premise and production design. The characters themselves require a nuance that Edgar Jones has demonstrated many times.

9 Anya-Taylor Joy

The Witch (2015), The Queen’s Gambit (2020), The Northman (2022)

The Witch

Distributed by A24, The Witch marks the feature directorial debut of Robert Eggers and the first film appearance of Anya Taylor-Joy. Written by Eggers, The Witch follows a puritanical family in New England in the 1630s who are forced to leave their community after a religious dispute. Attempting to set up a farm in the New England countryside, the family soon find themselves beset by malevolent and supernatural forces beyond their comprehension.

Release Date
February 19, 2016

Kate Dickie , Wahab Chaudhry , Ellie Grainger , Ralph Ineson , Sarah Stephens , Lucas Dawson , Anya Taylor-Joy , Bathsheba Garnett , Harvey Scrimshaw , Julian Richings


After being in the public eye for so long, Anya Taylor-Joy has evolved as an actress, and so have the roles she’s taken on. However, her early work in The Witch highlights the kind of project she’s always apt to take on: one that’s a little strange and out of the mainstream. Recently, she’s dipped a toe into sci-fi with Taylor-Joy’s Dune 2 role, as well as her upcoming project, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

She’s a well-known actress and would bring in a wider audience for Lanthimos’ next movie, as her recent projects have so much attention. Additionally, Taylor-Joy would benefit from working with a director who’s unafraid to let her get weird. Together, they would help each other navigate the next phase of their careers, and Taylor-Joy would have another more exciting role under her belt.

8 Rachel Sennot

Shiva Baby (2020), Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022), Bottoms (2023)

Rachel Sennott at a shiva in Shiva Baby

Shiva Baby

Emma Seligman

Release Date
April 2, 2021

Rachel Sennott , Fred Melamed , Polly Draper , Molly Gordon

Right now, Rachel Sennot is associated most closely with comedy and satire, and for good reason. She’s a hilarious actress who made her mark on the comedy world, but that doesn’t mean she lacks the chops for more serious dramatic roles. Director Emma Seligman has been a frequent collaborator with Sennot, but she should diversify the filmmakers she partners with to get all the experience she possibly can. Lanthimos is known for imbuing comedy into his films to provide moments of levity amid the difficult subjects he tackles. Sennot would be the perfect performer to capture these vital scenes.

7 Cynthia Erivo

Harriet (2019), Drift (2023), Wicked (2024)


Harriet is a 2019 biographical film about the life of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who personally helped more than 70 slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The movie was directed by Kasi Lemmons, who also wrote the screenplay along with Gregory Allen Howard. Harriet stars Cynthia Erivo in the title role, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles.

Kasi Lemmons

Release Date
November 1, 2019

Joe Alwyn , Tory Kittles , Vondie Curtis-Hall , Cynthia Erivo , Vanessa Bell Calloway , Antonio J. Bell , Deborah Ayorinde , Leslie Odom Jr. , Jennifer Nettles , Tim Guinee , Zackary Momoh , Janelle Monae , Omar Dorsey , Clarke Peters , Henry Hunter Hall

125 minutes

The past few years have seen a major shift for Cynthia Erivo as she transitions from stage acting to high-profile roles in films. She got her start in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the Tony for Best Actress. Her next project in the movie adaptation of Wicked faces challenges, but Erivo’s performance and musical abilities are not one of them.

Additionally, she has already demonstrated her ability to act for the screen in her performance in Harriet. Moving forward, if Erivo wants to stick with film acting, she should continue to take on a myriad of roles and find a balance between musicals and straight movies so that audiences can see how broad her range is. However, it would be interesting to see how Lanthimos would take on directing a musical, especially if a talent like Erivo took part in it.

6 Amy Adams

Her (2013), Arrival (2016), Sharp Objects (2018)

Louise looks up at the sky in Arrival


Directed by Spike Jonze, Her tells the story of Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer going through a divorce who begins an intense relationship with the AI virtual assistant included with the new operating system on his computer. As Twombly and the AI, named Samantha, begin to grow closer, they must both struggle with the nature of being human and their individual desires for what they want out of their lives. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Twombly alongside Scarlett Johansson as Samantha, with a cast that includes Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde.

Release Date
December 18, 2013


Many audience members and critics alike would love to see Amy Adams finally win an Oscar, as the star has been nominated many times but hasn’t won. Of course, winning is not the defining moment of an actor’s career, but it is a prominent form of recognition that carries weight in the industry. Working with Lanthimos would not guarantee that Adams would achieve this recognition, but regardless, it would be an intriguing challenge. Her standout performance in the sci-fi film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, proves she can take on complex narratives while elevating her character development within the story.

5 Florence Pugh

Midsommar (2019), Little Women (2019), Dune: Part Two (2024)


Ari Aster’s Midsommar follows a group of American college students who travel to a friend’s isolated rural hometown in Sweden to experience their renowned midsummer festival. What starts out as idyllic quickly becomes a disconcertingly violent pagan ritual, with the friends engaged in a ruthless competition that will test more than just their friendship. Florence Pugh stars alongside Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, and William Jackson Harper.

Release Date
July 3, 2019

Julia Ragnarsson , Rebecka Johnston , Henrik Norlén , William Jackson Harper , Gunnel Fred , Anna Åström , will poulter , Archie Madekwe , Louise Peterhoff , Björn Andrésen , Isabelle Grill , Jack Reynor , Florence Pugh , Liv Mjönes

147 minutes

Some were disappointed with Florence Pugh’s role in Dune 2 due to how limited her screen time was. However, it’s only the beginning of her work in the franchise, and Pugh’s star has only just begun to rise. Since her breakout role in Ari Aster’s Midsommar, she has worked with prolific directors, including Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve. Pugh is no stranger to arthouse movies, and while her latest roles have been in larger blockbusters, returning to her roots in an off-the-beaten-path film by Lanthimos would cement her as a movie star who will define the coming decades.

4 Lupita Nyong’o

12 Years A Slave (2013), Black Panther (2018), Us (2019)

Lupita Nyong'o's characters, Red and Adelaide, fight each other at the end of Jordan Peele's Us

Us (2019)

In 1986, Adelaide Thomas encounters a terrifying doppelgänger, traumatizing her into silence. Years later, on a beach vacation with her family, eerie coincidences resurface. Strangers appear at their doorstep, revealing themselves as twisted doubles. The Wilsons must battle their counterparts, the Tethered, who seek to overthrow their above-ground counterparts.

Release Date
March 22, 2019

116 Mins

Lupita Nyong’o is one of the best actresses of the 21st century, and though she is a well-known figure in Hollywood, she deserves far more recognition for her excellent work. Her new movie, A Quiet Place: Day One, is part of the famous monster franchise and will provide her with another opportunity to show her skills in horror, as she did in Jordan Peele’s Us. Horror is a difficult genre, as actors must create their characters quickly in a plot-driven story. If Nyong’o partnered with Lanthimos, she could flex her horror muscles while portraying a character with plenty of development.


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3 Lily Gladstone

Certain Women (2016), The Unknown Country (2022), Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023)

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon is the next film from director Martin Scorsese, based on the non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, initially captured by David Grann. When members of the Osage tribe are murdered in the 1920s via mysterious circumstances shortly after the discovery of oil on Native-American soil, the FBI is established to uncover the true reason behind them.

One of the biggest critiques of Killer of the Flower Moon is that Lily Gladstone didn’t have enough screen time, but with an actress like Gladstone, it’s hard to imagine if there could ever be enough. The movie was her first major role in a film with a high-profile release, but in the smaller indie projects she’s been part of, Gladstone captured the hearts of viewers. Due to this, many directors are clamoring to work with Gladstone and have her collaborate with them on upcoming work. Working with Lanthimos would allow audiences to see another side of her performances.

2 Rebecca Ferguson

Mission: Impossible (2015 – ), Dune: Parts One & 2 (2021 – 2024), Silo (2023 – )

Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust looking up at Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning

Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two is the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film that covers the novel’s events by Frank Herbert. The movie continues the quest of Paul Atreides on a journey of revenge against those who slew his family. With insight into the future, Atreides may be forced to choose between his one true love and the universe’s fate. 

Release Date
March 1, 2024

As Lady Jessica in Dune 2, Rebecca Ferguson is a fearsome sight to behold, and her forays into action and adventure movies, as well as sci-fi, illustrate her range and the types of roles she excels in. The Misson: Impossible movies put her opposite Tom Cruise, but she never fades into the background or is eclipsed by his performance in any of their scenes. No matter who she’s opposite, Ferguson distinguishes herself as a capable performer and exudes confidence in all her performances. Films by Lanthimos are no stranger to powerful female characters, and Ferguson could easily handle the challenge.

1 Greta Lee

Russian Doll (2019 – 2022), The Morning Show (2019 -), Past Lives (2023)

Past Lives

In Past Lives, childhood sweethearts Na Young and Hae Sung lose contact when Na Young’s family moves abroad. Twelve years later, they reconnect through social media, but their lives have diverged. As they meet again, unresolved feelings surface, leading to poignant reflections on love, choices, and the complexities of relationships.

Celine Song

Release Date
January 21, 2023

Greta Lee , Teo Yoo , John Magaro

106 minutes

As Greta Lee gains traction from her role in Past Lives, audiences have realized that she’s a significant talent and are ready to see her all over Hollywood. Outside her role in Russian Doll, Lee’s roles have been rooted deeply in reality, and she hasn’t broken into many genres. Lanthimos has directed movies of all genres, and he and Lee would make a great creative team. The next few years will be critical for Lee as she capitalizes on the momentum from Past Lives, and collaborating with Lanthimos would be an effective next move for her career.

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