Everything We Know About ‘Poor Things’!

Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel ‘Poor Things’, starring Emma Stone, is finally hitting the big screen after having its world premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in early September.

Although 2023 is coming to a close, there are still highly anticipated film releases slated for December. Poor Things is a Victorian black comedy fantasy film by the director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) and writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite, The Great). The director and writer have collaborated with the film’s star, Emma Stone, in past hit movies, making this new release a promising one. Learn all you need to know about Poor Things before you drive into the fantastical Victorian world.

What is the story about?

After being brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist after her suicide, Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) runs away with lawyer Duncan Wedderburn in search of self-discovery and liberation. Bella is eager to learn about the world around her, so she travels across continents with Duncan and frees herself from the prejudices of Victorian times.

Release Dates

The film was initially scheduled to be released shortly after the 80th Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 8 but was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

The film was also screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, and the Sitges Film Festival.

Searchlight Pictures will have a limited theatrical release in U.S. theatres on Dec. 8, with a wider release on Dec. 22. The film will then be released in theatres across the U.K. and Ireland starting Jan. 12, 2024.

The Trailer

Searchlight Pictures released the official trailer in early June.


The cast is stacked with A-listers. The resurrected Bella Baxter is played by Academy Award-winner Emma Stone, who immerses herself in any role she takes on. Mark Ruffalo plays Duncan Wedderburn, the debauched lawyer with whom Bella travels the continents. Willem Dafoe plays Bella’s guardian and scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter, who brings her back to life. The film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Jerrod Carmichael, and Margret Qualley.


The film has been getting great reviews, with a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and film critics praise Stone’s performance.

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Jessica McCrorie

Jessica McCrorie is a junior at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying screenwriting and broadcast journalism. When she’s not writing for AfterBuzz TV or Heal Squad x Maria Menounos, she enjoys exploring her other creative outlets and interests, including filmmaking, reading romance novels, playing guitar, and listening to Taylor Swift.