Adam Driver and Rooney Mara to Star in Music Drama From ‘Holy Motors’ Director
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 rumored 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 late spring for 15 weeks.