The great French filmmaker Catherine Breillat will join the ranks of European directors making the move to work in English. Breillat, whose unyielding career has provided explorations of female life and sexuality such as 36 fillette, Romance and An Old Mistress, will oversee Bridge of Floating Dreams, a story set in 1960s Japan which tells of the relationships between a young male Australian visitor, a bar hostess, an Austrian forger, and a hopeful young Yakuza member against the backdrop of the country’s chaotic recent past. The project, about to cast, was penned by Australian screenwriter Brian Jones, and was originally developed by the late Australian producer, David Hannay.
Back to his best with the likes of Bernie, Before Midnight and the forthcoming Boyhood, Richard Linklater will attempt to do what Jay Roach couldn’t: make a genuinely funny film with Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover). The two comic actors were middling in Roach’s political satire The Campaign, but will reunite with Linklater behind the camera for Larry’s Kidney, an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s memoir whose full title effectively set the scene: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant – and Save His Life. Prediction: Galifianakis for the black sheep role.
Black Mass, the story of infamous Boston crime boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who turned the FBI agent he was secretly informing through, has added Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Adam Scott (television’s Parks & Recreation, Bachelorette) to the cast, playing Bulger’s brother and a law enforcement official respectively. They join Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as Bulger and the conflicted FBI agent respectively. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) directs in what should be a feast of Boston screen accents.
Cumberbatch will also join the supporting cast of The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of Kevin Powers’ acclaimed novel about two young men trying to help each other through increasingly dangerous and unmoored service in the American occupation of Iraq. The English actor will reportedly play one of pair’s officers in a film directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints). The young protagonists will be played by Tye Sheridan (Mud) and another Brit, Will Poulter (We’re the Millers).
From Black to Gold
The Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany (Eastern Promises) is extraordinary in the SBS 2 sci-fi television series Orphan Black, where she plays radically different versions of the same clone who are interacting as they unexpectedly deal with a vast conspiracy. Now she has a new challenge, playing a younger version of Helen Mirren in the drama The Woman in Gold, from director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn). Their character, Maria Altman, was a young Jewish woman whose family was persecuted by the Nazis, and who later sued the Austrian government to recover family heirlooms and artworks decades after World War II. Ryan Reynolds (Safe House) plays the dedicated lawyer taking on the state.
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