Comics are known for giving life to popular fantasies - perfect bodies, the power of flight - but what if those characters started to talk back? The metafictional movie "Zoom," coming to theaters on September 2, imagines what might happen when characters turn on their creators.
Allison Pill ("Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,", "The Newsroom") plays Emma, a sex doll artist who begins cartooning the story of confident, worldly film director Edward, played by Gael GarcÃa Bernal ("Mozart in the Jungle", "The Motorcycle Diaries"). In Emma's panels, Edward is struggling with his latest film about a model named Michelle, played by Mariana Ximenes ("Passione", "O Invasor"). Michelle, meanwhile, is working on her own creative piece: a novel about a cartoonist named Emma.
The story moves between live-action and animation as the three different artists struggle for control of each other's stories, and fiction begins to invade reality. Don McKellar, Tyler Labine, and Jason Priestley round out the supporting cast.
"Zoom" is directed by Pedro Morelli and written by Matt Hansen. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, and will arrive in theaters and video-on-demand on September 2, 2016.