Initially a complete surprise when announced, it seems Legendary’s “reimagining” of 1978’s Faces of Death continues to shock with its announcements.
This past weekend came the unexpected announcement that singer Charli XCX will make her feature film debut in the film.
Charli XCX, real name Charlotte Emma Aitchison, has released five studio albums since 2013, and is best known for featuring on I Love It with Icona Pop and Fancy with Iggy Azelea. Recently the musician has had quite the commercial success with her 2022 album Crash, so no doubt her casting at a peak time in her career will ensure audience interest in Faces of Death.
The original Faces of Death was a controversial film to say the least. Compiling what was allegedly footage of real death scenes in a newsreel format, the movie was banned or heavily censored in multiple regions, including the United Kingdom. It was only later disclosed that most of the sequences had been faked, and Faces of Death was quite the successful faux-documentary. However, it must be stated that there were a few instances of real footage used in the 1978 original, but very little when compared to the copious sequels that followed.
How this faux-documentary will be adapted into a feature film remains unknown, even as the film is before the cameras. All we know for certain is that the project features a cast with considerable commercial pull, most notably Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery.
With the addition of Charlie XCX, Faces of Death is looking bigger with every update, despite its secrecy. We will report on plot details and a potential release date as soon as they become available.