Spike Jonze teases clips of 'Her' in Toronto
05:00 AM, Sep 08, 2013
TORONTO — If your upcoming sci-fi romance hasn’t been completed yet, what does one bring to the Toronto film fest?
Compelling footage, that’s what. On Sunday afternoon director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich) previewed several clips from his futuristic love story, Her, which will be released on Dec. 18 (against George Clooney’s Monuments Men) and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and (the voice of) Scarlett Johansson. In the film, Phoenix’s character downloads an advanced intelligent operating system to organize his life. What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with the customized voice he was provided.
“We just shot a few new scenes,” said Jonze at a cocktail party at the Shangri-La Hotel (where Jessica Chastain stopped by) following his popular TIFF talk.
Jonze, who has been in post-production for 14 months and is finalizing his film next week, said the release of Apple’s Siri while he was in production slightly blindsided him. “At first I was like, ‘Oh (expletive), are they stealing our thunder?’” he said, “But actually (the technology Her presents) is all happening. And really, the movie is very different. Siri is just a voice reading commands. The idea of this is that the character (Johansson voices) is this consciousness and entity in her own right. And that makes the possibilities infinitely larger.”