The Menu is a 2022 American dark comedy horror film directed by Mark Mylod and written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy. Based on an original story created by Tracy, and produced by Adam McKay, Betsy Koch, and Will Ferrell. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef with Hong Chau playing his assistant and Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo playing diners who attend his exclusive restaurant.
A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant. Where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
The Menu had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022. And released in the United States on November 18, 2022, by Searchlight Pictures. The film grossed over $78 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million and received positive reviews from critics.
Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, born on 22 December 1962, was an English actor, film producer, and director.
He first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes’ portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in Schindler’s List (1993). He earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. And the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. And he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Anya Taylor-Joy as Margot
Anya-Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy, born on 16 April 1996, British-American actress. She known for her roles as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit (2020). Thomasin in the period horror film The Witch (2015), and Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller Split (2016). And Lily in the black comedy thriller Thoroughbreds (2017).
She has won several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition to a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2021, she featured on Time magazine’s 100 Next list.
Nicholas Hoult as Tyler
Nicholas Caradoc Hoult (born 7 December 1989) is an English actor. He made his screen debut at age seven in the 1996 film Intimate Relations. And appeared in several television programs between 1998 and 2001.
He has received several accolades. Including nominations for a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. He appeared in the 2012 edition of Forbes 30 Under 30.
Hong Chau as Elsa
Hong Chau (born June 25, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her appearance in the US film Downsizing (2017). As a Vietnamese amputee and political activist Ngoc Lan Tran.
For her performance, she nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. And several other awards for best supporting actress. Before Downsizing, she appeared in the US television series Tremé (2010-2013) and the US film Inherent Vice (2014).
Janet McTeer as Lillian
Janet McTeer (born 5 August 1961) is an English actress. In 1984 she made her stage debut at the Nottingham Playhouse in Mother Courage and Her Children.
She received numerous accolades including a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for an Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award. In 2008 she appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama.
Reed Birney as Richard
Reed Birney (born September 11, 1954) is an American actor. Birney known as Mass (2021), and The Menu (2022).
Birney gained acclaim in 2016 for his role in The Humans winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He also nominated previously in the same category for his performance in Casa Valentina in 2014. The Hunt (2020) and House of Cards (2013).
Judith Light as Anne
Judith Ellen Light (born February 9, 1949) is an American actress. She made her television breakthrough in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (1968). She assumed the role of Karen Woleck (originated by Kathryn Breech (1976-77). For a brief period, replaced by Julia Duffy (1977).
Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Judith Light made her professional stage debut in 1970. She made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll’s House starring Liv Ullmann and Sam Waterston.
John Leguizamo as “Movie Star”
John Alberto Leguizamo Peláez (born July 22, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, and film producer. He has appeared in over 100 films, produced over 20 films and documentaries, and made over 30 television appearances.
Leguizamo also known for his television roles including Freak (1998). He received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He received further Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the Paramount miniseries Waco (2018). And Netflix’s limited series When They See Us (2019).