We begin this followup to Thursday’s roundup on projects in the works with Vassilis Economou, who notes that Elie Wajeman‘s Les Anarchistes with Adèle Exarchopoulos and Tahar Rahim will begin shooting this week. At Cineuropa, Fabien Lemercier tells us that “the story delves into the past, transporting us to Paris in 1899. Police sergeant Jean Mayer, a poor orphan, is picked to infiltrate a group of anarchists. For him it represents the opportunity to rise up the ranks. However, after being forced to make constant compromises, he becomes increasingly divided. On one hand, he delivers his police reports to Gaspard, his superior, but on the other, he also starts to develop ever more deeply rooted feelings for the group.”
And Vassilis Economou adds that Adèle Exarchopoulos, who, of course, broke through with Blue Is the Warmest Color last year, will be appearing with Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Jean Reno and Jared Harris in Sean Penn’s forthcoming The Last Face.
The great Isabelle Huppert is currently presiding over the jury at the Marrakech Film Festival and Variety‘s Martin Dale is there to jot down a few comments from her regarding her work in a good handful of films either just completed or about to get rolling: Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Guillaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love.
Here’s Xavier Dolan telling Ryan Lattanzio at Thompson on Hollywood about Jessica Chastain‘s role in his upcoming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: “We’re going to have so much fun doing this. She’s a mega tricky villain. Like full-on bitch. I’m a fan of what she does and I can see all that she can do, but she has not played this part. It’s a very specific part. It’s sheer evil.”
“Netflix has teamed with studio RadicalMedia to produce What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary about the legendary singer and pianist from filmmaker Liz Garbus slated to debut worldwide on the streamer in 2015,” reports Todd Spangler for Variety. “Nina Simone—a classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse and black-power icon dubbed the ‘High Priestess of Soul’—died in 2003 at 70.”
New trailer for David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows
“True Detective director Cary Fukunaga is on board for a new adaptation of Stephen King’s It,” reports EW‘s Jonathan Dornbush.
“Southside With You, a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, is in the works, with Tika Sumpter (Get On Up) on board to play the young Michelle Obama,” reports Variety‘s Dave McNary. Deadline‘s Jen Yamato: “As Presidential lore has it, the date took some convincing. Obama, then an idealistic first-year Harvard Law student, took a summer job as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin where he fell for lawyer Michelle Robinson, his younger boss. Southside With You spans the day she agreed to go out with him when the two visited the Art Institute, took a long walk, and caught a showing of Spike Lee’s new film, Do the Right Thing. They were married in 1992.”
“Japan’s Toho is to produce its first Godzilla film since 2004, following the success of this year’s release from Legendary Pictures, the studio behind the original monster announced Monday.” Gavin J. Blair has more in the Hollywood Reporter.
Comedian and musician Tim Minchin has announced that he’s “working on a stage musical adaptation of the iconic and brilliant Danny Rubin script, Groundhog Day. Danny himself is writing the ‘book,’ I’m writing music and lyrics, and Matthew Warchus (of Matilda fame) is directing.”