First-time feature filmmaker Edson oda, the simplified fantasy drama Nine days follow a lonely man named WillWinston duke), whose duty is to interview human souls who hope to have the opportunity to be born and select who is the most suitable. When the free-spirited EmmaZazie beetz) forces him to face his own demons, sets Will on a new path in his own life.

During this watch and read virtual interview with Collider, co-stars Duke and Beetz talked about how writer-director Oda brought this world to life, Will’s personal conflict, why Emma awakens something in him, and what he was like. to share that moment at the end of the movie. Duke also talked about how emotional it was to come back on set to Black panther 2, while Beetz admitted not having any information. to share in Invincible Season 2.

Collider: This is a very interesting movie because it feels like this great concept story, but it is told in a very personal way. When you read the script, what did you think of the world it creates? Did you see it visually immediately or did you have a lot of questions?

ZAZIE BEETZ: Actually, I feel like I saw it, basically as it appears in the movie. I have to say that I think it’s pretty true to when I imagined it. I think (writer / director) Edson [Oda] he did a good job of providing a visual world in the script he wrote, with the contrast of this small house that felt like a womb, compared to the expanse of the desert. I think it fits quite well with what I had imagined.

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WINSTON DUKE: Yes, I would echo that. What was in the script and on the page actually translated quite directly to the screen. The script didn’t change much. We changed the language a bit to make it much more nuanced for the actor who plays. We had the opportunity to cut lines and things like that. If anything, Edson made more cuts to the script than he actually added because it was already so full. What we did was pretty much what it always was on paper.

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It feels like a great responsibility to be someone who determines which individuals are best suited for life’s journey. Winston, so far, how has Will felt about it?

DUKE: I think Will is in a place of deep confusion and it is a great conflict for him, to be a person who has lived before and who, to some extent, feels defeated by life, to the point where he took his own. . life, and now it has to be the person who decides who is going to be born. He has a clear understanding that life can be difficult and life can be traumatic and painful, but he is still in a space where he is trying to decide and help guide these spirits towards what could be their destiny. end and give them this gift. all the others. It is something really special. To Will, I don’t think he really wants to be there, but the way he goes through his life and his world is about trying to have as much control as he can because that’s the only thing that seems to be the reality that he can. really discern. Even when he woke up in that space, I imagined it was incredibly traumatic.

It seems so sad and lonely and empty to watch life unfold on a series of vintage televisions. Zazie, what do you think makes Emma different? What do you think it is about her that makes Will start to see things differently?

BEETZ: I think Emma works a lot in the present and stays present, and she really just sees things as they are, right in front of her, whether they are good or bad. Will, being in this space of day-to-day depression, Emma awakens interest again. These things he does every day are special and his childlike wonder around it all is contagious to Will and allows him to review what he has been taking for granted. You even choose to review what’s your pain and what’s your pain rather than just compartmentalizing and storing it. She challenges him and says, “I see this here too. What is it? “And it makes her face it. She’s a very unique character. They all have this, but the uniqueness of not having a backstory and not having a background, and really just participating in what’s there. Emma, In particular, it is very moment-to-moment oriented, and not future or past.Some of the other spirits are a little more concerned about the future and what will happen to them.

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There’s something so incredibly beautiful and sad about that sequence at the end, where Will is giving his monologue and the two of them are having these moments and yelling at each other. What got you into that moment, to really live in it, embrace it and feel it all? Was it part of what helped you, having each other there?

BEETZ: Yes. We shot most of this in sequence because it allowed us to build up to that point. It’s very interesting, we didn’t rehearse that scene at all, between the two of us. When Winston was working on the monologue, he and Edson were doing things together, but I walked in and just listened. Throughout filming, Winston’s character was protected or trying to protect himself. And I remember that day, he came in and said, “I’m ready to give.” It was really cool to see Will give in. I was very moved and surprised how just being there, and then with the desert so open and having such a different feeling, felt very cathartic compared to this little space that we had been living in up to that point. . It was the last days of filming, when we did that. It was a change in the way we were working, and then also a change in space.

Was it the same for you, Winston? Did it really feel like a moment to have?

DUKE: Of course. That scene didn’t really come together until the partners from the final scene showed up, and that was the salt flats and the desert. The desert itself informed us about what the monologue meant and how we could exist at that time because we were out there in the open air and there was so much beautiful energy from the earth and the environment there. When you talk about natural resources and factors and you are in contact with the earth and with all the things that surround you, there is no better setting or a better stage companion than the landscape. It really became something incredibly special. We got closer to that moment, so we had nothing but a lot of confidence as performers. The love that Emma and Will created for each other became center stage, in that moment, where she was finally able to play with him and he was finally able to play again. It became something really special.

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Winston, we all know that the Black Panther the sequel is filming. After making the first movie and the success of it, and then the loss of Chadwick Boseman, was that script exciting to read?

DUKE: To read the Black panther 2 text?

Yes.

DUKE: Yes, it was very emotional to read the script. It was exciting packing to get back on set. But now we’re all a bit of a family and crying together, and we’re doing something really special.

Zazie, what can you say to tease season 2 of Invincible?

BEETZ: I don’t know what’s going to happen. You probably know more than I do.

Nine days is now in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York City, and opens nationwide on August 6.


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