Jacob Elordi is rapidly gaining recognition for his portrayal of iconic party scenes, first on Euphoria and now in his new movie, Saltburn. The film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell, centers around Oxford student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), who is introduced to the world of Felix Catton (Elordi) when he is invited to spend the summer at Saltburn, Felix’s eccentric family estate. The film captures the essence of the raging parties at the castle, which Elordi humorously described as being “way faster than shooting a Euphoria party scene.”
Fennell’s directorial choices, including a candlelit dinner scene reminiscent of Kubrick, served to create a completely different vibe from what Elordi experienced on Euphoria. Speaking at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, Elordi explained that when he first read the script, it was not what he was expecting at all. However, he was drawn to the project by Fennell’s work on her directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, which garnered her an Oscar for best original screenplay.
Keoghan also expressed his admiration for Fennell, describing her as a big sister who creates an environment where he feels comfortable enough to expose himself and make bold choices as an actor.
Fennell revealed that she was inspired to write Saltburn during the pandemic, exploring the kind of desire that drives a person to madness, particularly during a time when physical touch was restricted. This led to the film taking a deeper look at what happens when individuals are unable to connect with others on a physical level.
The supporting cast includes well-known names such as Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Richard E. Grant, and Archie Madekwe. Fennell emphasized that the casting was crucial in establishing a familial dynamic among the characters and exploring the interpersonal tension and affection within the group.
With Margot Robbie as a producer and Mulligan in a small role, Fennell reunites the Promising Young Woman trio, noting that the collaboration pushes them to create more complex and compelling narratives. The level of trust and respect among the team members contributes to their ability to create exceptional work.
Fennell also reminisced about her cameo appearance in Robbie’s Barbie, where she played pregnant Barbie Midge, and how Greta Gerwig’s work has inspired her. She described Gerwig as an exceptional leader and craftsperson, emphasizing the care and love that goes into her work and how it moved her to see her childhood come to life on set.
Saltburn, which opens in select theaters on Friday, provides an opportunity for audiences to immerse themselves in Fennell’s unique storytelling and directorial prowess. With its exploration of desire and human connection, the film promises to captivate and provoke deep contemplation on the nature of relationships and longing.