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Sterling K. Brown & Mark Duplass discuss new sci-fi movie at TIFF

As critics and film buffs alike prepared to attend this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, a late addition to the film program piqued everyone’s curiosity. biosphere, a sci-fi comedy written by the Duplass brothers, was added to the schedule of events and became an instant must-see. While stopping by the Collider Supper Suite and Media Studio in Marbl, Sterling K. Brown (This is us), Markus Duplass (Safety not guaranteed), Manufacturer Zackary Drucker (The Lady and the Valley) and director Mel Eslyn revealed why biosphere was kept secret and talked about the production.


While much of the action is off biosphere been kept under wraps, we know it’s set in the not-too-distant future and revolves around two men. In fact, the two men are the very last survivors of something that wiped out humanity. The duo must now put their heads together, adapt and evolve if they are to give the human species another chance. The film marks the longtime producer’s feature film directorial debut Mel Eslynwho has worked on several projects such as someone somewhere, language lessonsand the HBO series Room 104.

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During the interview, Eslyn spoke about her first directing job and the overwhelming support she received from the cast and crew, why they both wanted to do the film, Super Mario Bros.future projects, This is us, and so much more.

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You can watch the full interview in the video above to learn more biosphere and its makers, including the following topics:

  • The film’s late addition to the TIFF series;
  • Why you should go to the movie without knowing much about it;
  • Director Mel Eslyn outlines the film;
  • Sterling K. Brown reveals what drew him to this project;
  • Mark Duplass celebrates Eslyn’s career;
  • Eslyn explains how they make the most of a low-budget film;
  • Producer Zackary Drucker kudos to the cast and director;
  • The group dances around spoilers, trying not to break out;
  • Mark Duplass reveals you can’t have a serious movie without one Super Mario Bros. Fight;
  • Brown remembers the hit drama series This is us and his legacy;
  • Duplass reveals he’s been watching “a thousand more episodes” of the TV series Room 104;
  • Drucker teases his next HBO series The walkcentered around the trans community in the Meatpacking District;
  • The group talks about projects they love;
  • Duplass reveals how The Karate Kid earned him a year of free screenings.

Special thanks to our TIFF 2022 partners A-list Communications, Belvedere Vodka, Marbl Toronto, COVERGIRL Canada, Tres Amici Wines, Toronto Star and Blue Moon Belgian White Beer.

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