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According to Patients Like Me, species dysphoria is defined as “the experience of dysphoria and dysmorphia involving the belief of one’s body being the wrong species. A person may not be happy with their body image and may hallucinate or think of themselves as an animal of some sort.” In Nathalie Biancheri’s latest film WOLF, the writer/director explores this through the themes of identity and trauma bringing to light an obscure illness many are unaware of.

For the release of WOLF, Nightmarish Conjurings’ Shannon McGrew had the opportunity to speak with actors George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp where they discussed everything from getting into the headspace of their animal counterpart to how Nathalie Biancheri helped prepare them for their roles.

Official Synopsis: Believing he is a wolf trapped in a human body, Jacob (George MacKay) eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf – much to the shock of his family. When he’s sent to a clinic, Jacob and his animal-bound peers are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies. However, once he meets the mysterious Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), and as their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation, Jacob is faced with a challenge: will he renounce his true self for love?

WOLF is directed and written by Nathalie Biancheri. The film stars George MacKay (1917), Lily-Rose Depp (Silent Night), Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes), and Eileen Walsh (The Magdalene Sisters).

For more on the film, check out our interview with writer/director Nathalie Biancheri. WOLF is now in theaters.

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