Joel McHale, Suki Waterhouse on 'Assassination

Suki Waterhouse Says 'Assassination Nation' Taps Into Fears of Not Being 'Woke'

“Assassination Nation” writer-director Sam Levinson sat down with stars Joel McHale, Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Abra, Hari Nef, and Colman Domingo at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival to discuss the process of making the action thriller.

McHale says he wanted to join the project after reading the script, which he describes as the most “bonkers” thing he had ever read.

The movie follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, world-wide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.

“It deals with morality in such an unflinching way and in a new way because it deals with how morality is thought about and dealt with in the age of social media,” Young says.

Waterhouse adds: “I think everyone’s slightly nervous on getting called out, like, ‘Are you woke?'”

Abra attributes the cast’s close dynamic to Levinson’s leadership.

“You can be in a movie or a play or whatever and people make it feel like it’s the f—ing Olympics and everyone’s competing against each other, but you’re not. You all have to tell a story. It cannot be a competition. You have to have a space where the ingredients mix.”

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