Pearl is yet another chapter in filmmaker Ti West’s twisted world of X. The year is 1918, and young Pearl (Mia Goth) is obsessed with becoming famous. Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl is forced to care for her ailing father and live under the constant watch of her bitter, overbearing, doting mother. Desiring the glamorous life she’s seen in the movies, Pearl finds her ambitions, temptations and repressions clashing. In this origin story of X’s iconic villain, when her dream of finally being a star is denied her, she turns to murder, until she achieves what she wants. Filmed secretly and simultaneously with X: The Mark of Death (2022). Pearl serves as the film’s prequel, showing the title character’s early life decades before the events of X.