Fans have been stunned by a first look at Sebastian Stan in upcoming A24 film A Different Man.
Sebstian Stan's stans are more used to seeing the 39-year-old playing the notorious rock 'n' roller Tommy Lee in the biopic series Pam and Tommy, for which he's been nominated for an Emmy, or Bucky Barnes in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
However, the actor debuted a first look photo on Instagram from the upcoming indie drama – and it's left fans shocked.
Directed by Aaron Schimberg, A Different Man sees Stan plays a man with neurofibromatosis, who undergoes facial reconstructive surgery only to become obsessed with an actor starring as him in a play based on his life.
The film, expected to be released next year, also stars The Worst Person in the World's Renate Reinsve and Under the Skin actor Adam Pearson.
However, it's Stan's appearance that's set tongues wagging so far.
"Sebastian is that u?" joked one Instagram user in reaction to the photo.
It's understandable, the actor is barely recognisable with his face puffed up, one eye closed. "Amazing makeup fx, you never disappoint us Sebastian you keep raising the bar for actors," another user posted.
Another user wrote: "I'd love to know how long this took to apply!"
A fourth commented, 'oooh sebastian wants that oscar nomination' in a post that was echoed by many others.
Stan confirmed on his Instagram post that it was Mike Marino who is responsible for the prosthetics work for A Different Man.
Marino recently earned acclaim for transforming Colin Farrell into the Penguin for Matt Reeves’ The Batman and has other credits on the likes of Coming 2 America, The Irishman and Joker, among other films.
The film marks Stan's ongoing foray into the indie film scene, after last year's Sundance-lauded Fresh. He's also set to work with A24 on the comedy-thriller Sharper, which will see him cast opposite Julianne Moore, Justice Smith and John Lithgow.
The film is being directed and co-written by Benjamin Caron and will debut on Apple TV+.
Stan isn't the only actor to have revealed a substantial appearance change for a forthcoming role. Earlier this week Brendan Fraser received the same calls after revealing his own first look as a 600lb man in forthcoming drama The Whale. He drew a similarly shocked reaction from fans who were also quick to predict an Oscars nod.
Could the two be going head to head in 2023?
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