Catch Tilda Swinton as image-obsessed Lucy Mirando in Netflix film, Okja

Catch Tilda Swinton as image-obsessed Lucy Mirando in Netflix film, Okja


Text: Clara Tan

The esteemed British actress plays a manipulative and insecure CEO in this brilliant film

Tilda Swinton has played plenty of villainous characters. Across the span of her career, she’s been known to be Hollywood’s shape-shifting actress, with the ability to portray a myriad of looks and roles across different spectrums. However, baddie or not, we've always associated her with the strong, go-getter personality type on the silver screen — but all that is about to change in her latest acting gig, Okja.


Debuting on 28 June on Netflix, the 56-year-old stars as Lucy Mirando, an image-conscious and self-obsessed CEO of family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation. Written by Bong Joon Ho, the film tells of 10-year-old Mija (played by Ahn Seo Hyun), a caretaker and companion of Mirando Corporation's genetically engineered pig, Okja. The company has created hundreds of 'super pigs' as a publicity stunt and Swinton, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, scheme to capture the creature from Mija, use her as an advertising bait, and kill her beloved pet for industrially produced meat. This may sound like a typical story featuring an evil and greedy boss, but believe us, there’s more to it.


Swinton’s Mirando is a mass of competing objectives. On the façade, she’s the woman everyone fears, but deep down, she’s an insecure girl who, because of her father’s constant reminder of how much of a failure she is, tries hard to prove to him she’s not all that. "Lucy is the sort of PR-obsessed, very white-teethed, white-dressed, pizzazzy television aspect of ruling the world," Swinton says. Mirando sports a neat, blonde bob with perfectly chopped bangs and braces, and a wardrobe inspired by Ivanka Trump.


The film, which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is a startling reflection of the different faces of capitalism and greed. It tells a story not just of love and friendship, but also highlights how much we're ignoring animal production for our own selfish needs.

Watch the trailer for Okja below.

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