Odessa Young stepped in to replace Riley Keough in ‘cult masculinity’ thriller Manodrome

“Manodrome” is a project that wasn’t on my radar until I heard this news, but Eisenberg’s involvement and the diary line of an “Uber driver and aspiring bodybuilder who is inducted into a cult of libertarian masculinity” make it sound quite similar to “The Art of Self-Defense.” It was the 2019 movie, starring Imogen Poots and written and directed by Riley Keough, where Eisenberg played the role of a bullied guy who walks into the dojo to learn karate from a toxic sensei, played by Alessandro Nivola (“The Many Saints of Newark.”) The phrase “cult of masculinity” also evokes David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” which may well have been an inspiration.

Eisenberg just made his directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival this week with ‘When You’re Finished Saving the World,’ but he still keeps one foot in the acting world even as he settles into the director’s chair. As for Adrien Brody, he’s been busy with his own Stephen King TV adaptation, “Chapelwaite,” on Epix. He also starred in Season 3 of HBO’s “Succession” and he’s set to play NBA coach Pat Riley in “Winning Time,” McKay’s upcoming HBO Max series about the rise of the LA basketball dynasty. Lakers.

We will keep you updated on “Manodrome” as production progresses.

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