Directed byChristos Nikou
Written byChristos Nikou
Produced by
CinematographyMarcell Rév
Edited byYorgos Zafeiris
Music byChristopher Stracey
Distributed byApple TV+
Release date
  • September 2023 (2023-09) (TIFF)
CountryUnited States

Fingernails is an upcoming American science fiction romance film written and directed by Christos Nikou.

The film is slated to premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.[1]


A woman begins working at an institute that works to determine if the romance in a given couple is genuine.



The film was announced in January 2021, with Carey Mulligan starring and Christos Nikou writing and directing, marking the Greek filmmaker's English-language debut. Mulligan joined the project upon watching and being impressed by Nikou's previous film Apples.[2] No further developments would be announced until May 2022, when Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed were cast in the film, with Buckley replacing Mulligan.[3] Apple Studios would also acquire the rights to the film that same month.[4] In September, Jeremy Allen White joined the cast.[5] Luke Wilson and Annie Murphy would be added to the cast in December.[6]

Principal photography commenced in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario[7] at the end of October 2022 and wrapped that December.[8][9]


  1. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro, "TIFF Lineup Unveiled Amid Strikes: Awards Contenders ‘Dumb Money’, ‘The Holdovers’, ‘Rustin’; Starry Pics For Sale With Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet, Michael Keaton, Viggo Mortensen & More". Deadline Hollywood, July 24, 2023.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 26, 2021). "Carey Mulligan To Star In Apples Director Christos Nikou's English-Language Debut Fingernails From Cate Blanchett's Dirty Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (May 10, 2022). "Jessie Buckley & Riz Ahmed To Star In Christos Nikou's Sci-Fi Romance Fingernails, FilmNation & Cate Blanchett's Dirty Films Producing — Cannes Market Hot Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 22, 2022). "Apple Original Films Lands WW On Jessie Buckley-Riz Ahmed Drama Fingernails, Director Christos Nikou's English Language Debut: Cannes Market". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 20, 2022). "The Bears Jeremy Allen White Set To Co-Star In Apple Original Films' Fingernails". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 8, 2022). "Luke Wilson And Annie Murphy Join Apple's Fingernails". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  7. ^ "The romantic science fiction film "Fingernails" has the cameras rolling in Hamilton - Ontario News". December 16, 2022. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  8. ^ "Project Title: Fingernails". December 9, 2022. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  9. ^ Pudsey, Alison (September 29, 2022). "12 movies and TV shows filming in Toronto this October". Daily Hive. Retrieved January 2, 2023.