It’s been thirty years since Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, featuring Johnny Depp as the title character, a Frankenstein monster who – as the name implies – has scissors for hands. In a new commercial for Cadillac’s all-electric Lyriq, the ad brings back Winona Ryder to reprise the role of Kim Boggs. In the commercial, Kim tells the story of a boy with scissors for hands. No, not that one. Her son, Edgar Scissorhands, played by Timothée Chalamet.
The commercial is a cute homage to Edward Scissorhands, as the teenage Edgar gets stuck in a fence, ruins a science project, and pops a football that is passed to him. When his mother sees that he likes to drive in VR, she lets him drive the Lyriq, which has driver assisted steering. Timothée Chalamet is a solid choice for the role, and he nails the role of Edward Scissorhands’ son.
This Super Bowl seems to be full of ‘90s and 2000s nostalgia. Not only is Timothée Chalamet playing Edward Scissorhands’ offspring, but Shaggy is appearing in a Cheetos commercial singing “It Wasn’t Me,” Tide will have a commercial about a sweatshirt emblazoned with Jason Alexander’s face, and Uber Eats are reuniting Wayne and Garth for their ad.
But this is just the beginning of Timothée Chalamet’s big 2021. This year, Chalamet will star in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which is currently scheduled for release in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1, 2021. Also supposedly coming out this year is Wes Anderson’s delayed The French Dispatch. This packed ensemble cast will include Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson, amongst others.
Timothée Chalamet is also currently filming Don’t Look Up now, the next film from Anchorman and The Big Short writer-director Adam McKay. The film will star Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, and will feature Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Ariana Grande, Matthew Perry, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, and Gina Gershon. The film will be coming to Netflix this year, although it’s unclear when it will debut on the streaming service.
While Tim Burton and Johnny Depp never returned to make a sequel to Edward Scissorhands, this Timothée Chalamet-starring commercial isn’t the only follow-up the film has had. In the mid-2010s, an Edward Scissorhands comic book was released which acted as a sequel that takes place decades after the film. Edward Scissorhands also received a theatrical ballet adaptation in 2005, and a separate stage adaptation of Edward Scissorhands which opened in 2010.
Tim Burton has said that Edward Scissorhands is his most personal work, and while he doesn’t seem to have any interest in making a sequel, this commercial shows that Timothée Chalamet would be an excellent replacement for Johnny Depp. Chalamet masters the morose, yet sweet approach that Depp gave the role, and the commercial updates this story to the modern-day in a surprisingly well-done way. If Burton ever wants to go back to his most personal work, Chalamet has now shown he could lead the film with ease.