'Bad Times at the El Royale' to Open Rome Film Festival

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The new mystery thriller featuring Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Jon Hamm will kick off the 13th edition of the event.

The Rome Film Festival will kick off this year with a gala event for Bad Times at the El Royale, with the cast expected to join the festivities.

Written and directed by Drew Goddard, the movie is a stylistic thriller featuring seven strangers, including a priest, a salesman and a singer, each with their own dark secret, who meet over the course of one night at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a decrepit hotel with a dark past. Each will get a shot at redemption before the evening implodes.

Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman and Lewis Pullman star in the pic.

Bad Times at the El Royale is Goddard’s second feature after 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. He started his career as a writer, penning Cloverfield and The Martian, which earned him an Oscar nomination. He also is the creator of the Netflix series Daredevil. Goddard will next direct X-Force, the mutant superhero film which will see Ryan Reynolds return as Deadpool, Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Bad Times at the El Royale is a sophisticated, intelligent, ironic, surprising and elegant film,” said festival director Antonio Monda of his opening-night choice. “Within the great tradition of the noir, Drew Goddard magnificently directs a splendid cast, reveling in the revelation of the protagonists’ secrets, but above all granting us the pleasure of true cinema."

The full lineup for the 13th edition of the Rome Film Fest, which is set to run Oct. 18-28, will be announced Friday.