Do Revenge is a subverted Hitchcock-ian dark comedy featuring the scariest protagonists of all: teenage girls.
In what they describe as a clandestine meet-cute, Drea, the fallen ‘it’ girl played by Mendes, meets Eleanor, the transfer student played by Hawke. Drea is recovering from losing her popularity when her boyfriend leaked their sex tape. Meanwhile, Eleanor was forced to move after a nasty rumor started at her old school that she forced herself on a girl. Together, the two outcasts decide to team up to go after each other’s tormentors.
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Celeste Ballard co-wrote the movie, with Robinson also directing. They got the idea for the film when they looked at the blueprint of a high school movie and brainstormed what twist they could add. They landed on Hitchcock.
“I think there are different points where everyone’s the villain and everyone’s the hero in this story,” Robinson told Elle. “And that is so much of what growing up is. I wanted to make something that paints with all the colors of adolescence.”
Robinson also wrote the script for the latest Marvel movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.
“We want you to have a great f*cking time,” she said about her Netflix drama. “That’s what this is. That’s what it should be.”
How can you not have fun when you have sapphic dream duo Hawke and Mendes joined by Sophie Turner, Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why), Euphoria‘s Austin Abrams, Ms. Marvel‘s Rish Shah, Love, Victor‘s Ava Capri and Talia Ryder (Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always).