LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Adam Driver and Rooney Mara are set to play lovers in Annette, a music-filled drama to be directed by cult French helmer Leos Carax (Holy Motors).
Rihanna, who recently appeared in Luc Besson's Valerian, is rumoured to have a small part in the film.
The hottest European project to emerge out of this year's American Film Market, Annette is repped in international markets by Gregoire Melin's Kinology, which is also co-producing.
With a $15.5 million budget, Annette marks Carax's English-language debut and his most ambitious film to date. On top of starring Driver and Mara, Annette will feature original songs by the Sparks, the art-rock band founded in 1971 by Ron and Russell Mael.
Shooting will take place across several international locations including Los Angeles. Bruno Pesery is lead-producing Annette via his Paris-based outfit Arena Films (21 Nights With Pattie) and has gotten Swiss company Vega, Japan's Eurospace, and Belgium's Wrong Men to co-produce.
Melin told Variety that the movie depicts the rise and fall of an intense love story and will boast Carax's singular visual style and atmosphere, bringing back the key crew that worked on the director's previous movie, Holy Motors, which competed at Cannes.
Annette is expected to start shooting in the late northern spring for 15 weeks.
Over the course of his 30-year career, Carax has amassed just a few directing credits, though the films garnered attention for their artistic flair, including Boy Meet Girl, Mauvais Sang, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, and Holy Motors.
Driver recently wrapped shooting the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the final season of Girls. He can next be seen in Martin Scorsese's Silence and Jim Jarmusch's drama Paterson.
Mara starred in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Carol and will be seen this year in Lion.
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche