'The movie kind of reminds me of some reality-type horror,' Pharoah says of the film, which Soderbergh shot on an iPhone

By Ray Rahman
August 16, 2017 at 12:37 PM EDT
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Steven Soderbergh’s new film Logan Lucky hits theaters this weekend — but anticipation is already building for his next project, reportedly titled Unsane.

Details about the movie — which was filmed in secret on an iPhone and stars Claire Foy, Juno Temple, and Jay Pharoah — have been scant so far, and there’s no release date attached yet. But in an interview with EW, Pharoah did divulge some information about the movie, which he describes as “reality-type horror — almost Get Out-ish, but different.”

“Steven Soderbergh, first of all, is an amazing director,” the former SNL star says. “One of the quickest and sharped directors — it was a great experience.”

Of his part, Pharoah teases, “It’s kind of a dramatic role. I mean, it’s real — it’s grounded. It gave me a chance to flex another muscle. It was fun working with Claire Foy too, she’s great.”

As for the filming process, Pharoah says, “That week — I don’t know long it was, week and a half? However long it was, it was so quick, but it was just a dope experience. The movie kind of reminds me of some reality-type horror — almost Get Out-ish, but different, which feels good.”

A week is a very short amount of time to film a feature-length film, of course, but Soderbergh is no stranger to movie-making experimentation. “Oh man, you have no idea!” Pharoah says. “He is so quick, man!”

Asked if he’s seen the finished product yet, Pharoah reveals he’s seen about 80 percent of the film. “Because he had edited it every day. Every time we would finish doing a day, he would just go upstairs and he would start editing it,” Pharoah says. “So he’d be like, ‘Here’s a cut so far.’ So I saw about 80 percent of the film. But I’m excited to see the whole thing, because it looks so dope — you wouldn’t be able to tell anything [about how it was made]. It looks that great. And the acting is great, from everything I’ve seen.”

(In an interview with GQ prior to shooting the project, the director said, “I just want to do it, sell it, and have it drop and that’s it.”)

“It was fun, working with Soderbergh,” adds Pharoah, who’ll also be starring this fall in the upcoming Showtime comedy White Famous. “It was a great experience. I feel blessed working with that guy. It’s dope. If there’s one word to describe him, it’s dope. I can’t wait to work with him again.”