Oscar winner Emma Stone and two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes are being eyed to star in Alexander Payne‘s next film The Menu, multiple sources familiar with the project have told Collider.
Will Tracy (Succession) and Seth Reiss (Late Night With Seth Meyers) wrote the script, and the comedic horror-thriller is being produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Betsy Koch via Gary Sanchez Productions.
Set in the world of high-end culinary culture, The Menu follows a young couple who travel to a remote island to attend an exclusive restaurant where the acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises. Sources say that Fiennes will play the twisted chef, while Stone is poised to play one half of the young couple.
Stone won Best Actress for La La Land, and she was also nominated for last year’s The Favourite as well as eventual Best Picture winner Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The actress recently starred in the Netflix series Maniac and she’ll soon be seen reprising her role as Wichita in Zombieland: Double Tap. She also voices a lead in The Croods 2, and is slated to play the title character in Disney’s live-action Cruella movie. She’s represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
Fiennes earned Oscar nominations for both Schindler’s List and The English Patient, and he most recently directed and starred in The White Crow, which flies into theaters at the end of the month. Fiennes will spend the summer filming Bond 25, which is expected to wrap before The Menu starts shooting in November. He’ll soon be seen in the Keira Knightley drama Official Secrets, and he lends his voice to a character in the Robert Downey Jr. movie The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. Fiennes will also appear in Matthew Vaughn‘s next Kingsman movie. He’s repped by CAA, as well as Dalzell and Beresford.
Payne is the acclaimed director of Sideways and The Descendants, for which he won a pair of Oscars for best adapted screenplay. He also directed Nebraska, which like those films, was nominated for Best Picture. Payne stumbled a bit with his last outing, the Matt Damon vehicle Downsizing, but he seems poised to rebound with The Menu and its delicious premise.
Representatives for Stone and Fiennes did not respond to a request for comment.