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Brie Larson’s been busy. Not only is the Oscar winner establishing her very own Marvel mythology in cinemas right now, but she’s also leading the charge in the trailers for Avengers: Endgame too. (Did you notice her flying the Guardians spaceship in the last trailer too?). When she’s not rocking the Marvel universe, she’s still finding time to direct her debut feature The Unicorn Store for Netflix.
The quirky hypercoloured tale, which sees Larson star as failed art student Kit, has just dropped on the streaming service. We’ve compiled five things you need to know before you start watching.
1. Animals – both real and mythical feature heavily
I guess it’s not surprising considering this is a film where you can go to a store to pick up a unicorn, but still. Watch out for unicorns, giant stuffed fish, which double as pillows (see above), and our favourite – Care Bears. Most of these come in a rainbow palette, except for the giant fish.
2. The music is composed by Larson’s ex-fiancee Alex Greenwald
That’s right, him of Phantom Planet. The couple may have now parted, but the film was actually finished long before their split. Greenwald’s score gives the proceedings an ethereal feel, as we drift through Kit’s journey to bring her unicorn home.
3. If you close your eyes co-star Mamoudou Athie sounds like Adam Driver
Mamoudou Athie (above) may not be instantly recognisable – he’s starred in Netflix’s The Get Down and Patti Cake$ – but his voice sounds much more famous. Why? Because if you didn’t know any better you’d think he was Mr Adam Driver’s voice twin. Athie plays the endearing hardware store clerk that Kit drags into her world to build a unicorn stable.
3. There are some fabulous character actors involved
Joan Cusack (Shameless) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) play Kit’s well-meaning parents, Hamish Linklater (Legion) is her creepy boss and Veronica Mars’ Ryan Hansen (above) just pops along to deliver the lost art student’s invite to the Unicorn Store.
4. You learn a lot about unicorns (and Brie Larson)
They don’t like ice-cream. They can be dingy and covered in berries. Their hair feels like happiness and they will love you forever. Dammit now we want one too.
5. And did we mention Samuel L Jackson is in it?
That’s right not content with working together in the Marvel universe, Jackson has donned a bright pink suit and shiny tie to deliver lines like: “There are certain requirements to qualifying for a unicorn” and “it’s a legitimate place of business – and not of murder!”
The Unicorn Store is available to watch on Netflix now.