Madame Web: Director S.J Clarkson on Britney's Toxic and the diner scene

Madame Web: Director S.J Clarkson on Britney’s Toxic and the diner scene

In our exclusive interview, we speak to Madame Web director S.J. Clarkson on how the diner scene in the movie changed things for her.

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Writer/director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Succession) turns the superhero origin story into an action thriller with Madame Web. The film follows a 30-something clairvoyant mutant living in Boston, whose powers are realised when villain Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim) sets his sights on murdering three teenage girls played by Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor.

Set in the Sony Spider-Man Universe and starring Dakota Johnson as the eponymous hero, it is a film that places themes of motherhood and responsibility at the centre while also crafting a character who is struggling with a sense of belonging.

When speaking with Clarkson in London back in early February, she tells us how that diner scene (which features Britney Spears’ classic 2003 song, Toxic) really changed things for her when she first read the script and gave her an understanding of what the movie could be…

Read the rest of our interview with S.J Clarkson, where she talks about how Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese influenced the Spider-Man spin-off, plus how her and star Dakota Johnson approached the titular character in Madame Web, right here.

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