Thoroughbreds is the darkly comic psychological thriller from playwright-turned-filmmaker Cory Finley. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke, the story originally written for the stage was adapted for the screen to form Finley’s film debut.
Taylor-Joy and Cooke play Lily and Amanda, two upper-class teenage girls in the suburbs of Connecticut who rekindle an old friendship and end up plotting a plan to solve one another’s problems. Finley’s impressive debut explores class and privilege via a melange of genres and influences from film noir to horror as well as black comedy. The movie also holds a fine and final performance from Anton Yelchin.
We sat down with actresses-of-the-moment Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke to talk about what drew them to the drama thriller, the process of playing such dark characters and their memories of the late Anton Yelchin.
By Sarah Bradbury. First published on The Upcoming on 3rd April 2018.
Thoroughbreds is released nationwide on 6th April 2018.