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Michelle Williams may soon be joining French filmmaker Leos Carax’s upcoming English-language drama “Annette,” taking a role that had originally gone to Rooney Mara before the actress dropped out. Williams’ deal is still being negotiated, despite reports to the contrary, so it’s too early to say whether she and Carax will get to collaborate for the first time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Adam Driver will star in the lead role.
“Annette” marks Carax’s English-language debut and his first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors,” which has been named by IndieWire as one of the best films of the century so far. The film is a musical drama about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his »
- Graham Winfrey
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Annette recently had actress Rooney Mara attached, only for her to leave the project because of other commitments. The search is on for a new female lead but has managed to acquire the services of Star Wars’ Adam Driver and global pop star Rihanna.
Variety has learned that Amazon has acquired the United States distribution rights for the movie, which is to be a music filled drama by French director Leos Carax. Annette will be Carax’s English language debut.
- Samuel Brace
Updated: Amazon Studios has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to “Annette,” a music-filled drama to be directed by cult French helmer Leos Carax (“Holy Motors”), Variety has learned. Adam Driver and Rihanna star in the movie.
Rooney Mara was previously attached, but had to leave the project due to other commitments. The producers are now looking for another female lead.
The film marks Carax’s English-language debut. It features original songs by the Sparks, the art-rock band founded in 1971 by Ron and Russell Mael. The sale comes at a busy time for Amazon. The streaming service won three Oscars for “Manchester by the Sea” and “The Salesman.” Its upcoming slate includes “The Big Sick,” a comedy with Kumail Nanjiani; Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York”; the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip”; and “Wonderstruck,” a Todd Haynes film with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. »
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5 items from 2017
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