Ever for the reason that French filmmaker Leos Carax announced Annette as his next film, the undertaking has appeared simply too unusual to outlive the usually perilous highway to financing and manufacturing: an English-language musical from the director of The Lovers On The Bridge and Holy Motors, with authentic songs by the cult art-pop duo Sparks, set to star Adam Driver as a widowered humorist with a supernaturally gifted child daughter. And but one way or the other it has found itself a big-deal distributor and survived the departure of Rooney Mara, who was connected to co-star however apparently determined that doing two eccentric art-film musicals in a single 12 months was somewhat a lot.
The undertaking has lastly settled on a substitute for Mara, with Michelle Williams filling her vacated (and nonetheless undisclosed) function. As reported by The Film Stage, Williams had been rumored because the undertaking’s new feminine lead since being noticed with Carax in a paparazzi picture. The knowledge comes by means of a Belgian casting notice, which additionally reveals that filming on Annette—which is a French-Belgian-Swiss-Japanese co-production—is scheduled to start subsequent month. Amazon will distribute the film in america and Canada subsequent 12 months.
Carax, whose actual identify is Alex Dupont, is a considerably enigmatic filmmaker who has accomplished solely 5 options in 33 years, and he’s no unusual to having initiatives stall or fall by means of. We’re holding our fingers crossed that this one. Within the meantime, Williams has a number of initiatives in pre-production, and may subsequent be seen in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, which had its world premiere at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and is ready to hit theaters in October.
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