Euphoria star Jacob Elordi has revealed new information about his Saltburn character.
Over the last few weeks, LGBTQIA+ moviegoers have eagerly awaited the release of the Emerald Fennell-directed film – which is set to premiere at the 67th BFI London Film Festival on 4 October.
Described as a “story of obsession,” Saltburn is set to follow Oliver Quick (Keoghan), an Oxford student on a mission of self-discovery in the early 2000s.
While attending the prestigious university, he meets the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Elordi), “who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.”
Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver and Archie Madekwe are also set to star in the film.
While additional plot details about Saltburn have been kept under wraps, Elordi dropped new hints about his character in a recent interview with British Vogue.
When discussing the differences between his Euphoria character, Nate Jacobs, and his new role, the Australian talent revealed that he’s much “scarier” than the troubled jock.
He added that while Nate’s toxicity is more abrasive, Felix’s subtle personification of “patriarchal values” and his entitlement to “well, everything” is way more sinister.
The Kissing Booth star also revealed that getting into the character’s mindset of “I [genuinely] don’t need to prove anything [to anyone]” was a challenging task to take on.
“I was like, there’s no way people behave like this,” he added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Fennell spilt a little bit of tea regarding the themes and topics she wanted to explore in Saltburn.
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“I wanted to make something sexy. I wanted to make something about boys. I wanted to make something that felt very different to the last thing I made,” she explained.
“And, honestly, my favourite genre slash subgenre of anything is: something happens in a country house one summer.”
Towards the end of her statement, the Oscar-winning screenwriter teased that the film is about “first love”.
“Generally, because I’m quite facile, I think everything has to do with sex, and I think our fetishization of the country house and titles is completely sadomasochistic,” she added.
“I’m utterly obsessed with how we relate to things that we want and desire, and also kind of hate and know are unattainable: things that we know will never love us back, whether that’s a person or a house or a culture. And yet we can’t f**king stop being desperately attached to them.”
Fortunately, everyday moviegoers won’t have to wait too long for Saltburn to hit cinemas.
Following its upcoming BFI London Film Festival screening, the psychological drama will be widely released in the UK on 17 November.
As for the US, Saltburn is scheduled to have limited screenings starting on the 17th before expanding to more theatres on 22 November.
Watch the official teaser trailer for Saltburn below.