The first look at the follow-up to X and Pearl, MaXXXine, puts Mia Goth and the 1980s Los Angeles.

Every three-part story has a big finish. Return of the King, Return of the Jedi, and The Dark Knight Rises are all movies that had to overcome impossible odds to end in a satisfying way, despite being huge hits. In a way, Ti West’s upcoming horror movie MaXXXine, which is the follow-up to the huge slasher hits X and Pearl, will also have to face these kinds of expectations. With the release of a photo of stars Mia Goth and Halsey walking the streets of 1980s Los Angeles, that wave of excitement is about to get stronger.

A24 dropped the first photo from the porno slasher three-quel, which picks up years after X’s ending saw aspiring actor/adult film star Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) as its sole survivor. MaXXXine continues to follow that quest of stardom, as Goth’s protagonist navigates an industry that’s a bit different from when we last saw it. Don’t take our word for it though, as you can sneak your own peek at that image, included below:

From what we know about MaXXXine, it is clear that this picture shows our girl living the life she so richly deserves. It seems like it will only be a matter of time before Maxine goes on a killing spree to make it happen, smashing everything in her way. Even so, Halsey’s character looks pretty tough, so who’s to say that Maxine won’t pass on the madness that she seemed to share with her last opponent?

That’s the energy that brought her and Pearl together before they turned against each other. In the prequel Pearl, we saw the older woman who fell in love with X’s main character go through her own problems. MaXXXine, on the other hand, doesn’t take place on country roads or in town centers. Instead, it’s all set in the kind of town you need to be in if you want to be famous.

When talking about the few plot details that are known to the public, writer/director Ti West said that the VHS boom would have an effect on this chapter of his series that is based on movies. MaXXXine is likely to use something from ’80s movies to tell its story, just like Pearl was inspired by The Wizard of Oz’s Technicolor era and X went straight for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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