Magazine Dreams Movie (2023) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Magazine Dreams

January 20, 2023
2hr 4min
Status: released

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Magazine Dreams Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
Release dateJanuary 20, 2023 (Sundance)
Running time2hr 4min
StarringJonathan Majors
Haley Bennett
Taylour Paige
Mike O’Hearn
Harrison Page
Harriet Sansom Harris
Directed by Elijah Bynum
Written byElijah Bynum
Produced byJennifer Fox
Dan Gilroy
Jeffrey Soros
Simon Horsman
Cinematography by Adam Arkapaw
Edited by Jon Otazua
Music byJason Hill
Production CompanyLos Angeles Media Fund
Tall Street Productions
Distributor TBA

Magazine Dreams Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Jonathan Majors as Killian Maddox, an aspiring bodybuilder
  • Haley Bennett as Jessie, a grocery store worker and Maddox’s love-interest
  • Taylour Paige as Pink Coat, a prostitute
  • Mike O’Hearn as Brad Vanderhorn, a professional bodybuilder and Killian’s idol
  • Harrison Page as William Lattimore, Killian’s grandfather
  • Harriet Sansom Harris as Killian’s counselor
  • Bradley Stryker as Ken Donaghue, a roofing and plumbing worker who assaults Killian
  • Dan Donahue as Dr. Prescott, Killian’s doctor
  • Craig Cackowski as a bodybuilding contest judge who placed Killian poorly
  • Andrea Figliomeni as waitress who tells Killian his date had to leave


Magazine Dreams follows aspiring bodybuilder Killian Maddox (Majors), who struggles to find human connection in this exploration of celebrity and violence. Nothing deters him from his fiercely protected dream of superstardom, not even the doctors who warn him of the permanent damage he causes to himself with his quest.

About Magazine Dreams Movie:

Magazine Dreams is an American drama film written and directed by Elijah Bynum. The film stars Jonathan Majors, Haley Bennett, Taylour Paige, Mike O’Hearn, Harrison Page, and Harriet Sansom Harris.

In October 2021, Jonathan Majors joined the cast of the film, with Elijah Bynum directing from a screenplay he wrote, with Majors also serving as an executive producer, and Jennifer Fox and Dan Gilroy serving as producers. In July 2022, Haley Bennett, Taylour Paige and Mike O’Hearn joined the cast of the film.

In preparation for the role, Majors ate 6,100 calories a day for four months and would body-build for six hours every day to obtain and maintain the extreme muscular physique of his role.

Magazine Dreams had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2023. For the premiere, the production team declined to provide a print of the film with open captions, and when the alternative device provided to juror Marlee Matlin malfunctioned, the jurors collectively walked out of the initial screening. According to a statement from Sundance, the device was repaired and the jurors were able to screen the film later, as a group. The following month, Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film, beating out bidders including Neon, Sony Pictures Classics and HBO.

The film was originally scheduled to be released theatrically on December 8, 2023, but in October 2023, Searchlight’s parent, Walt Disney Studios, removed the film from its release schedule in response to both the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike and assault allegations against Majors. Following Majors’ conviction for assault and harassment in December of that year, The Hollywood Reporter said it was “unlikely” that Searchlight would still release the film, either theatrically or direct-to-streaming.

In January 2024, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Searchlight Pictures had quietly returned the film rights to the filmmakers, so they could shop it to other distributors.