Florence Pugh is cast opposite Alexander Skarsgård in his upcoming feature directorial debut, a wilderness documentarian thriller titled The Pack.
Florence Pugh has been cast in a lead role in Alexander Skarsgård’s feature directorial debut The Pack. Pugh is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after modern stars, especially after appearing as the MCU’s Yelena Belova in Black Widow, a role she reprised in the Disney+ series Hawkeye and will reprise in the upcoming Phase 5 film Thunderbolts in 2024. However, the actor has held roles in many prominent films outside the superhero universe, including the Ari Aster horror film Midsommar, the Greta Gerwig adaptation Little Women (for which Pugh was nominated for an Oscar), and the buzzy thriller Don’t Worry Darling, which hit theaters in September.
The Pack will be the latest drama to enlist her talents. Skarsgård, who is best known for his roles in True Blood and Big Little Lies, will be directing from a screenplay by Rose Gilroy, who also penned the upcoming space age rom-com Project Artemis starring Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson. The Pack will follow a group of documentarians who survived a harrowing shoot in the Alaskan wilderness and reunite at an awards ceremony, where previously buried tensions erupt as they attempt to keep a deadly secret under wraps.
Per Deadline, Pugh has been cast in a lead role opposite Skarsgård (who in addition to directing is starring) in The Pack. The film will start shooting in March 2023. So far, no details have been revealed about the character Pugh will be playing or who else will be joining her in the cast.
Can One of Florence Pugh’s Upcoming Films Earn the Actress Her Next Nomination?
Pugh’s very busy schedule is currently packed with prominent upcoming films. In addition to her impending MCU return in Thunderbolts, the actor is currently attached to the franchise projects Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Dune: Part Two. She also has the ensemble drama Oppenheimer, the Irish period piece The Wonder, and the drama A Good Person, which was directed by her former partner Zach Braff. Many of these projects, including The Pack, have the opportunity to earn Pugh her second Oscar nomination after Little Women.
Dune: Part One was a heavily nominated film, though it wasn’t honored in any acting categories, so Pugh’s appearance in the sequel may not pay off in that way. However, adding The Pack to a stacked roster of upcoming dramas is considerably increasing her chances of being nominated sooner than later. This new film may even prove to be the one to make it happen, as the other strongest contender is Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, the large cast of which may result in her not getting enough prominence in the story to really stand out.