The first poster for Midsommar (out Aug. 9) features a lovely image of a couple running through a field of flowers. How bucolic! Then again, as the film is the follow-up to the bone-chilling Hereditary from writer-director Ari Aster, we’re going to assume that the movie will feature more dread than delightfulness.
In Midsommar, a young couple must confront not only outside evil, but deep-seated emotional questions about their love, dedication, and trust in one other. Dani and Christian are in their mid-20s — and in the midst of their relationship falling apart — when Christian invites Dani to join him on a trip with friends to a remote Swedish village, hoping it will rekindle the fading spark between them. Although Dani is still reeling from an unthinkable tragedy in her family, she agrees. While the vacation begins promisingly, with the whole group enjoying a seemingly carefree summer filled with drugs, romance, and camaraderie in a gloriously beautiful and secluded corner of the world, things soon take a sinister turn. The Nordic paradise they have come upon is hiding dark, long-held secrets and the ostensibly kind and friendly townspeople reveal themselves to be determined, at all costs, to preserve the chilling “purity” of their legacy and bloodline. As the friends witness the isolated community’s increasingly disturbing rituals, and as members of their group begin to mysteriously disappear, Dani must figure out how to escape the evil she and Christian have fallen prey to — and, most frightening of all, whether she can trust the man who brought her here in the first place.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, and Will Poulter.
See that new poster and a couple of other recently-tweeted teasers, below.