The Original Movie
Back in 1991, Silence of the Lambs was released and went on to become one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the movie starred Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The movie was a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Fast forward to 2023, and the long-awaited sequel to Silence of the Lambs is finally in the works. The movie has been titled Clarice, after the main character played by Jodie Foster, and it will be set in the present day, nearly 30 years after the events of the first movie. The sequel will be directed by Elizabeth Banks, who is known for her work on Pitch Perfect and Charlie’s Angels.
Details about the plot of Clarice are being kept under wraps, but we do know that the movie will follow FBI agent Clarice Starling as she navigates a new case that puts her in direct conflict with the political establishment in Washington D.C. The movie will also explore the aftermath of the events of the first movie and how they have affected Clarice’s life and career.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Anthony Hopkins will reprise his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. While Hopkins has not officially signed on for the project, there have been rumors that he is in talks to appear in some capacity. Jodie Foster, on the other hand, has already confirmed that she will not be returning to the role of Clarice Starling. The role has been recast, and Australian actress Adelaide Kane will be taking over the part.
The Release Date
Clarice is currently in production, and the release date has been set for October 27, 2023. The movie will be distributed by MGM, which also distributed the original Silence of the Lambs.
The first trailer for Clarice was released in August 2023, and it has already generated a lot of buzz among horror fans. The trailer shows Adelaide Kane as Clarice Starling, navigating a dark and twisted world as she tries to solve a new case. There are also hints of a possible appearance by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, although it is unclear how big of a role he will play in the movie.
Given the success of the original Silence of the Lambs, expectations for the sequel are naturally high. Fans are hoping that Clarice will live up to the legacy of the first movie and deliver the same level of suspense, drama, and horror. Elizabeth Banks has a lot to live up to as the director of the sequel, but her past work has shown that she is more than capable of delivering a thrilling and entertaining movie.
Not everyone is excited about the release of Clarice, however. Some critics have accused the movie of being exploitative and insensitive, given the current political climate and the ongoing debate over police brutality and systemic racism. Others have criticized the decision to recast Jodie Foster’s iconic role, arguing that no one can truly replace her as Clarice Starling.
Regardless of the controversy, Clarice is sure to be one of the most talked-about horror movies of the year. Whether or not it lives up to the legacy of Silence of the Lambs remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: horror fans will be eagerly anticipating the release of this long-awaited sequel.