The first image released by Boy Kills World shows a shirtless Skarsgard striking a battle pose. According to Entertainment Weekly, Skarsgard’s boy is a deaf man with an active imagination whose family is murdered. According to reports, Boy is being trained by a mysterious mentor to suppress this notion and instead fight as an instrument of death. Skarsgard told EW that he undertook two months of martial arts training with action coordinator Dawe Szatarski to prepare for the role. The film’s officials told EW that they developed a unique style of movement for Skarsgard that is reportedly unlike anything typically seen in Hollywood action films.
“This has been an incredible journey into something completely new for me,” Skarsgard told EW.
“Boy Kills World” presents itself as a dystopian fever dream. In October 2021, Nthibah Pictures CEO Simon Swart said the dystopian film aims to combine real-world themes with a distinctive visual style inspired by graphic novel artwork (via Deadline).
“With a script that combines wild, innovative action sequences, a sense of humor and plenty of wackiness, this film has the potential to be a worldwide hit and potential franchise,” Swart said in a statement.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi is serving as a producer on this film, as is Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee (via EW). According to Deadline, the film is the feature film debut of German director Moritz Mohr. Skarsgard co-stars Jessica Rothe, Brett Gelman, Michelle Dockery, Isaiah Mustafa and martial artist Yayan Ruhian. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rothe replaced Samara Weaving on the project after Weaving dropped out due to scheduling issues.