Sebastian Stan is utterly unrecognizable in these photos of him in character (and prosthetics) for a new film.
Cinematic Universe supporting player (and minor Gossip Girl character) to a surprisingly versatile leading man. After the mammoth impact of Avengers: Endgame, he found a new breakout role in the Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and a well-received turn in the horror comedy Fresh. However, one of his upcoming projects promises to be one of his most difficult roles, in more ways than one. Check out Sebastian Stan in photos for his new film A Different Man:
In A Different Man, Sebastian Stan plays Edward, a social outcast suffering from neurofibromatosis. The condition causes tumors to develop in the nerve, brain, and spinal cord, potentially causing a disfigured appearance. The movie follows Sebastian Stan as he receives radical facial reconstructive surgery, then becomes obsessed with an actor who will portray him in a play of his life. Though it is not yet confirmed, actor and real-life neurofibromatosis Adam Pearson will be the man playing him, pre-surgery. Considering this is an A24 film, A Different Man will likely go to some dark, strange, and/or obsessive places with Sebastian Stan.
A Different Man is written and directed by Aaron Schimberg and will co-star Renate Reinsve, Neal Davidson, and Juney Smith. The astonishing facial prosthetics that Sebastian Stan is wearing in the images are the work of artist Michael Marino, who has recently been receiving recognition for his work on Amazon Prime Video’s Coming 2 America. He also previously worked on the Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan, which starred Sebastian Stan in a small role.
In some ways, A Different Man is reminiscent of the acclaimed and controversial 1980 David Lynch film, The Elephant Man. But where Sebastian Stan is playing a fictional man with neurofibromatosis, the earlier movie deals with Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the movie), a real-life man with severe physical disfigurements in the 19th century, played by actor John Hurt. It will be interesting to see whether this new movie covers any of the same themes of humanity, appearance, and compassion.
In addition to A Different Man, Sebastian Stan will appear in the upcoming comedy thriller film Sharper alongside Julianne Moore, Briana Middleton, and John Lithgow. The film revolves around a con-woman (Julianne Moore) who infiltrates the highest echelons of New York social life. While Sebastian Stan has not been confirmed to reprise his character of Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier/The White Wolf in any upcoming Marvel Studios projects, it would be shocking if we do not see him and his mechanical arm showing up in a Disney+ show or film. Marvel Studios recently announced a number of new projects (many of which we had previously reported their leaked titles) and premiere dates, so we hope that Sebastian Stan will find his way into one of those. A Different Man currently does not have a scheduled release date, but is a part of a slate of promising, mysterious new movies from film distributor A24.