First Look: Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon'

May 13, 2015

Neon Demon

Don't worry, the first look photos for The Neon Demon do actually have neon in them. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Nicolas Winding Refn film, right? The first two photos for Refn's next feature, The Neon Demon, have hit the web just as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off today. But he's not showing the film there just yet, they're just drumming up some early buzz while in production now. Nicolas Winding Refn's cast this time includes Elle Fanning as the star, Jesse, a youthful model, along with Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves. These first two photos are only Fanning (and Refn) so far, but I'm sure we'll see more from this film soon enough.

Here's the first look photos - available in full from Twitch (via SlashFilm). Refn is also seen in this first one.

Neon Demon First Look - Elle Fanning

Neon Demon First Look - Elle Fanning

The synopsis is: When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. However, SlashFilm adds that The Neon Demon is actually inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed. "During her reign of terror 400 years ago, she racked up enough kills to be considered the most prolific female murderer who ever lived. Legend has it she bathed in the blood of virgins to keep herself beautiful." One of the people desperate to take her youth is Sarah (Abbey Lee), the "cool ringleader" who wants to devour Jesse in the film. Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon isn't set to premiere until 2016.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


As long as he lays off the overlong shots that go no where, I'm looking forward to this. Drive is one of my favourites but I thought Only God Forgives was awful. It was too in love with itself. Not a fan of directors who call too much attention to themselves in the way they film. Have a feeling that's the way he's heading, but I need to see a trailer before I either check in or out.

NathanDewey on May 13, 2015


I agree 100%. Loved everything he's done until Only God Forgives. He's allowed to make a mistake like that, but it better be his last.

ListenToVinyl on May 13, 2015


Ummmm....I've had this conversation with a buddy of mine who didn't like Only God Forgives. I did like it. A lot. My buddy confesses that he just didn't get what Refn was attempting. That's a fair and valid perspective. However, I did like what Refn was doing and attempting and thought the film to be excellent. Very different. Very unusual. Worked for me a lot better than Drive, which I'm sad to say I did not like very much. Valhalla Rising is one of the great films ever made in my opinion and Bronson was so whack and so great with Hardy's performance I'll always give Refn a look and see. This film sounds quite intriguing. The photo on the couch is sure provocative (weird and sexual?), to say the least.

Bo on May 13, 2015


Nicolas refn had indeed one screw up but he did make the masterpiece Valhalla rising, so I give him allot of credit. The premise of this movie could be realy good and bathory was indeed with vlad tepes evil wich the world never has seen until to day! But I think they will tone it down otherwise it's need pg rating 88 🙂

ari smulders on May 13, 2015


Evocative! I have very high hopes for this one.

DAVIDPD on May 13, 2015


I think we're all ready to forgive Refn for Only God Forgives...

cuckoozey on May 14, 2015


Forgive him, that's probably his best film.

Luther Blissett on May 14, 2015


I loved Only God Forgives.

Terry Silvester on May 18, 2015


Love it

Efterklang on May 14, 2015

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