Nine years ago, Selena Gomez even blew her fan base with her breakout appearance in the 2012 Harmony Korine film Spring Breakers. Apparently, she’s not done with the indie side of the industry yet. On Thursday, Deadline announced that the new singer and actor would star in Spiral, an upcoming psychological thriller directed by photographer Petra Collins. It’s just the couple’s latest collaboration. Collins also directed Gomez’s “Fetish” and “Bad Liar” music videos, as well as her short horror film, A Love Story.
The plot of Spiral is a familiar area to Gomez. She is said to play a former influencer whose social media addiction “is causing her body to literally fall apart”. Everyone involved is of course already familiar with the top apps, but the crew also has an expert on hand: Melissa Broder, Twitter personality and author of the personal essay collection So Sad Today, drafted the first version of the script. It has since been edited by Euphoria and Assassination Nation’s producer Phoebe Fisher, who brought the company with her: two of the executive producers of Euphoria, Future the Prince (Adel Nur) and none other than Drake. You will act as producers of the film in a similar manner.
By the sound, however, Spiral will look more like Assassination Nation, a dystopian revenge fantasy about teenage girls killing misogynists who circulate their nudes without their consent. The sounds also reveal obvious parallels to the body horror genre, which ranges from Frankenstein to the films by David Cronenberg. “I love the exorcist and the things that come from inside you,” Collins told Vanity Fair in 2018, and they both love to talk about it … this topic is very important to us. “Spiral seems like a welcome change for Gomez. Otherwise, she was busy with her HBO cooking show and the upcoming comedy series Only Murders in the Building alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short.