Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid


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Beau faces a terrifying test in his quest to be free from anxiety

Set in an alternative present and spanning four generations, Beau is Afraid tells the story of an anxious but amiable man on an epic journey. Riddled with paranoia and anxiety, Beau is desperately trying to hurry home to see his mother. Beset with the physical manifestation of his greatest fears, Beau’s travel becomes his greatest test.

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A24 and Ari Aster combine for another off-beat horror

Beau is Afraid is a surreal horror comedy movie. It is written, produced, and directed by American filmmaker Ari Aster. Aster is known for directing the critically-acclaimed horror movies Hereditary and Midsommar. Beau is Afraid marks his third directorial effort. The score for the film is produced by British composer Bobby Krlic who worked with Aster on Midsommar. Cinematographer Pawel Pogorzleski is another frequent collaborator who reunites with Aster for this movie. Academy award-winning Fiona Crombie is the production designer. Beau is Afraid is produced and distributed by A24.

The cast of Beau is Afraid is led by decorated actor Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix has made a career of taking unusual and challenging roles and here plays the titular Beau who suffers from extreme anxiety. He is joined by actress and singer Patti LuPone playing Beau’s mother. She is known for a decades-long career in musical theater. Multi-award-winning Nathan Lane features in the movie as Roger. Amy Ryan, Kylie Rogers, Parker Posey, and Denis Menochet round out the cast. Beau is Afraid was released in cinemas on April 21st, 2023.

Production News

February 18, 2021

A24 signed on to produce and distribute the next film from director Ari Aster. It is tentatively titled Disappointment Blvd. and is confirmed to feature Joaquin Phoenix. The film is based on a short film produced by Aster in 2011. (Source: Deadline)

June 21, 2021

The wider cast for the film was announced with Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, and Kylie Rogers joining the cast. (Source: Deadline)

December 13, 2022

The first poster for the movie is released with the new title ‘Beau is Afraid’. (Source: Collider)

January 1, 2023

The first trailer for the movie is released online teasing a surreal nightmare comedy. (Source: Collider)

March 29, 2023

A new featurette is released showing director Ari Aster attempting to explain the movie. He settles on describing it 'the Jewish Lord of the Rings.' (Source: ScreenRant)

April 4, 2023

A new trailer for the movie is released teasing a surreal nightmarish adventure. (Source: Collider)

April 21, 2023

Beau is Afraid was released in cinemas. (Source: Variety)


Comedy, Drama, Horror


2h 59min

Age rating




Joaquin Phoenix
Beau Wassermann
Patti LuPone
Mona Wassermann
Parker Posey
Elaine Bray
Catherine Bérubé
Hero Beau's Wife
Bradley Fisher
Birthday Boy Stab Man
Michael Esper
Officer Johnson
Manuel Tadros
Cheapo Depot Cashier
Anana Rydvald
Elaine's Mother
Cat Lemieux
Orphan Chorus Member #2
Tristan D. Lalla
Costume Designer Orphan
Tyrone Benskin
Rattled Businessman
Archie Madekwe
Laughing Man
Luis Oliva
Crust Punk (Eyes Gouged)
Marie-Michelle Garon
Fraught Mother Looking for Boat Boy
Maev Beaty
Angel / Narrator
Mike Taylor
Beau’s Son
Ryan S. Hill
Hero Beau's Young Son
Bentley Hughes
Hero Beau's Young Son
Kwasi Songui
Orphan Ladybug Man
Sylvain Landry
Orphan Man w/Mandolin
Emmanuel Schwartz
Orphan Chorus Member
Cat Lemieux
Orphan Chorus Member
Arthur Holden
Duncan / God on Cloud / Hero Beau’s Wife
François Paquette
Yesekov's Body
Alex Bisping
Orphan Production Designer
Joe Cobden
News Correspondent (Brian Galloway)
Harry Standjofski
Superintendent / Catering Manager
Anana Rydvald
Teen Elaine's Mother
Tarah Schwartz
News Anchor (BB Stab Man)
Barry Morgan
News Anchor (MW Obit)
John Walsh
Hearse Driver
Lee Villeneuve
Mona Henchman Who Throws Lawyer
Luz Tercero
Mourning Woman
Marc-André Casavant
Dancer (uncredited)