‘Bad Times at the El Royale’: 6 Things to Know About Mysterious Crime Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth and Dakota Johnson (Trailer Inside)

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New crime thriller ‘Bad Times at the El Royale may end up being one of the most buzzed-about movies of the fall, and not just because Chris Hemsworth’s abs have taken center stage in the marketing.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know more about the upcoming premiere.

What the movie is about

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Well, this is a story about seven strangers in the 1960s, all with some sort of a dark secret in their past, who wind up at the same chintzy motel whose main attraction is that it straddles the state line of Nevada and California.

From trailers, we know that there is secret surveillance (guests can be watched in the room, presumably through two-way mirrors, from secret passageways). Of course, what those dark secrets are, and what exactly happens on that fateful night when they all end up at the El Royale, still isn’t entirely clear. It’s a mystery thriller, after all, and such matters are wrapped up in the plot.

Anyway, we also agree with the statement that “Well, Hemsworth is a cult leader who doesn’t understand how shirt buttons work and Dakota Johnson is Southern for some reason” you may be currently working with.

It’s based on a real, infamous resort with scandalous connections to Marilyn Monroe, J.F.K., and Frank Sinatra

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Yes, there really was a scandal-prone hotel and casino that straddled the state line, appropriately called the Cal Neva.

Members of the Kennedy family often stayed there, and it’s rumored that John F. Kennedy often carried out affairs there, including with Marilyn Monroe. Monroe stayed there once in the days before her death, and attempted suicide by overdose but had her stomach pumped just in time (conspiracy theories linger to this day that she did actually die there).

In 1960, Frank Sinatra and a group of associates bought the place. That’s all on top of the various mafia and prostitution scandals and rumors. The hotel closed in 2013, but billionaire Larry Ellison bought it earlier this year and is currently renovating it.

Cynthia Erivo’s part was originally offered to Beyoncé

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When the project was first announced in the trades, the rumors were that producers were courting Beyoncé for the part of Darlene Sweet, a soul singer whose career has seen better days.

Producers signed Cynthia Erivo instead, hot off her star-making and Tony-winning performance in Broadway’s The Color Purple. It’ll be the actress’s first film (though she’ll also be in this fall’s Widows, which she technically filmed first), and it’ll be a major part.

’50 Shades of Grey’ star Dakota Johnson is a criminal

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Johnson plays a Souther-twanged criminal with a taste for firearms and muscle cars, while Hemsworth plays a cult leader. They’re connected by a character played by quickly rising newcomer Cailee Spaeny. She happens to be Johnson’s sister, as well as member of Hemsworth’s cult.

Real-life figures may pop up

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Remember how this hotel is based on a real-life hotel that was something of an infamous celeb hot spot? Well, one of those figure may be portrayed in the movie. Goddard toldEntertainment Weekly earlier this year that “certain characters who were alive at the time” do appear. J.F.K. and Marilyn had passed by 1969, but who knows who could actually show up.

Premiere date and trailer

After all, do not forget to watch ‘‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ that will hit theaters on October 12. Also chech the cool trailer below:


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