Suspiria remake casts Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson

Luca Guadagnino talks up his Suspiria remake


We’re big fans of director Luca Guadagnino. We loved I Am Love and we adored A Bigger Splash, so when he’s talking about his upcoming Suspiria remake, we’re listening.

According to this tweet from excellent horror writer Alex Heller-Nicholas, his take on Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria will be one worth watching.

Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive
Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

We’ve known that Guadagnino has been attached to the project for a little while, and that he wanted to cast Swinton (who’s been wonderful in his last two films, obviously, because she’s Tilda Swinton), but the Dakota Johnson news is…news. She was superb in A Bigger Splash and we definitely like the idea of her as American ballerina Suzy Bannion, who stumbles onto a terrifying secret at a German dance academy as her classmates succumb to brutal murders…

And how about those hints at tone? Fassbinderian?!? John Adams music?!? Berlin 1977?!?!

Dakota Johnson in A Bigger Splash
Dakota Johnson in A Bigger Splash

Look, we understand that getting too excited about remakes is a pretty good way to disappoint yourself, but it’s hard not to get excited about the idea of this creative team taking on something like Suspiria. The original is genius, five-stars, untouchable. But this version…well, if Guadagnino gets his way, we would like to see that.

The Suspiria remake has been knocking around for a long, long time. Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green was attached for a while, and his cast did sound stunning: Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Furhman, Michael Nyqvist, Antje Traue and Janet McTeer. However, that all fell apart eventually. We wish Guadagnino better fortune.

“A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.”

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