The film—which premieres Dec. 23—stars Hollywood heavy hitters Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, which according to the director, made it more difficult to cast the film’s “central role” of Manny Torres, played by newcomer Diego Calva.
“I wanted to find someone who had never done it before, who had barely been on a film set,” Damien shared. “So, it took about a year and a half of searching, auditioning, but he’s amazing. He’s a true discovery, and I’m just so excited that the whole world is now gonna get to discover him the way I did.”
Hear more from Damien in the full interview above.
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