Woland (film)

Woland is an upcoming film based on Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita.[2]

Directed byMichael Lockshin
Screenplay by
Based onThe Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
Produced by
CinematographyMaxim Zhukov
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Budget800,000,000 [1]

Release is currently scheduled for January 1st, 2023.[3]


Moscow, 1930s.

A prominent writer in Moscow, known only as "the Master", finds himself at the center of a literary scandal. His works are censored by the Soviet state and are no longer being staged in the theater. His colleagues actively avoid him, and in days he turns into an outcast.

Soon afterwards he meets Margarita, a lonely married woman. Revived by her love and support, the writer begins working on a new novel, where all the characters are people he has met in real life. The protagonist of the book is Woland - a mystical dark force who visits Moscow to wreck havoc and take revenge on all those who helped cause the writer's downfall. The writer's inspiration for Woland is a chance foreign traveler to the Soviet Union whom he recently met.

As the Master sinks himself deeper and deeper into his work, he gradually stops noticing as the border between reality and his imagination begins to fade.


Main castEdit

Behemoth will be created using CGI, while his "reality" version will be played by a Maine Coon named Kyesha. His voice is as of November 16, 2021, unknown.[4]

Secondary rolesEdit

  • Leonid Yarmolnik as Doctor Stravinsky, director of the insane asylum
  • Igor Vernik as Bengalsky, one of the guests at Woland's show of black magic
  • Marat Basharov as Likhodeyev, director of the Théâtre des Variétés
  • Aleksei Guskov as Baron Maigel, the sacrifice
  • Yevgeny Knyazev as Berlioz, director of the organization MASSOLIT (Mass Socialist Literature) and Homeless' acquaintance
  • Danil Steklov as poet Homeless, a naive young poet that Woland first meets in Moscow,
  • Aleksandr Yatsenko as Aloisy Mogarych, a journalist friend of the Writer
  • Dmitriy Lysenkov as Latunsky, one of the critics who destroys the Writer's career
  • Pavel Vorozhtsov as Varenukha, administrator of the Variety Theater
  • Valery Kukhareshin as Rimsky, financial director of the Variety Theater


In 2018, the film was announced as being in production, with 3 major Russian producers helming the project: Ruben Dishdishyan, Igor Tolstunov, and Leonard Blavatnik. Russian film director Nikolai Lebedev was set to direct. By 2021, however, the project still had not taken off. At some point in the project, Lebedev had left the project.

Instead, Michael Lockshin, director of The Silver Skates co-wrote a new script with Roman Kantor and directed the film.

In July 2021, August Diehl was confirmed to join the film as Woland.[5]

Filming began in July 2021 in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Malta, and concluded in November 2021.[6][7]

Mars Media announced that the film would be released on January 1, 2023, with Universal Pictures acting as distributor.[8]


  1. ^ "Воланд (2022)". Kinopoisk. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Korsakov, Denis. "Фильм «Воланд» 2022: в новой экранизации «Мастера и Маргариты» будет мало от романа Булгакова" [The film Woland (2022): in the new adaptation of "The Master and Margarita", there won't be much from Bulgakov's novel]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Стало известно, когда выйдет фильм "Воланд"" ["The release date of the film "Woland" has been made public]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  4. ^ "В фильме "Воланд" будет два кота Бегемота" ["There will be two Behemoths in the film "Woland"]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  5. ^ Grater, Tom. "'A Hidden Life' Actor August Diehl Starring In $15M Russian Drama 'Woland'". Deadline. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Юлия Снигирь объявила о завершении съемок фильма "Воланд"" ["Yuliya Snigir announced the conclusion of shooting for the film "Woland"]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  7. ^ Vakhromeyev, Sergey. "Съемки фильма "Воланд" завершились в Петербурге" ["Filming of the film "Woland" has concluded in St Petersburg]. St. Petersburg Dnevnik (in Russian). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  8. ^ "«ВОЛАНД» ВЫЙДЕТ В ПРОКАТ 1 ЯНВАРЯ 2023 ГОДА" ["Woland will be released on January 1st 2023]. Mars Media Official Site (in Russian). Retrieved 22 January 2022.

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