Hollywood News, Jenna Ortega
Hollywood News, Jenna Ortega

The stakes have been raised for an upcoming Jenna Ortega film, with the underperformance of her recent endeavors, “Finestkind” and “Miller’s Girl,” adding to the anticipation. Jenna Ortega’s journey in the entertainment industry has been remarkable, with her career trajectory seemingly destined for stardom since her debut in 2013’s “Iron Man 3.” Despite her early success, the actress faced a series of strategic career moves from 2020 to 2023 that elevated her status, culminating in a lead role in Netflix’s “Wednesday,” a spinoff of the Addams Family.

However, the glow of success began to dim as her latest projects, “Finestkind” in 2023, a crime drama that failed to resonate with critics, and “Miller’s Girl” in 2024, which underperformed at the box office and failed to impress critics, encountered setbacks. This unexpected turn has disrupted Jenna Ortega’s otherwise impressive streak, intensifying the scrutiny on her next project, which must now strive to compensate for these recent setbacks.

Jenna Ortega in Miller's Girl
Jenna Ortega in Miller’s Girl

The Weight on “Death Of A Unicorn” Increases Following Jenna Ortega’s Recent Setbacks

While the upcoming “Beetlejuice 2” directed by Tim Burton is likely to weather the storm, benefiting from franchise recognition, returning stars, and Burton’s involvement, Ortega’s next original venture will face a different challenge. A24’s dark comedy, “Death Of A Unicorn,” directed by Alex Scharfman, will now be a litmus test for Ortega’s appeal beyond the horror genre and established franchises. This challenge is heightened by Ortega’s exit from “Scream 7” in 2023, denying her the return to that lucrative series.

In “Death Of A Unicorn,” Ortega takes on the role of Ridley, the teenage daughter of Paul Rudd’s Elliot. The story unfolds as Elliot and Ridley accidentally hit a unicorn en route to a meeting with Elliot’s boss, only for the mythical creature to be stolen by the corrupt boss’s family. As the family experiments on the unicorn, they discover its incredible powers and dangerous potential. With co-stars such as Richard E. Grant, Tea Leoni, and Will Poulter, and Ortega serving as executive producer, “Death Of A Unicorn” is set to be distributed by A24, known for releasing indie hits like “Uncut Gems” and “Hereditary.”

Jenna Ortega
Jenna Ortega

Potential Upside for Jenna Ortega’s Career with “Death Of A Unicorn”

The association with A24 as the film’s distributor and the impressive cast featuring A-listers like Rudd, versatile actors like Poulter, and seasoned performers like Leoni and Grant, bode well for the project. The film’s surreal premise allows Ortega to showcase her comedic talents, diverging from the deadpan performance in “Wednesday.” “Death Of A Unicorn” has the potential to be a significant career move for Ortega, presenting a unique challenge while also offering a chance for redemption.

Drawing parallels with successful satirical works like “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Succession,” and “The White Lotus,” as well as blending genre elements with social commentary on income inequality, “Death Of A Unicorn” could be the project that demonstrates Ortega’s ability to choose relevant, timely, and original content. This, in turn, may allow Jenna Ortega to offset the impact of the underwhelming performances of “Finestkind” and “Miller’s Girl” in the eyes of both audiences and critics alike.

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