The 1940s era romance/adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s novel, “Suite Francaise,” has started principle photography, and the film has accrued a stellar cast that includes Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, and the recently reported Sam Riley. And now it’s getting another note of prestige.
It’s also been announced that “The King’s Speech” composer, Alexandre Desplat, has been attached to score “Suite Francaise.” Desplat is coming off composing duties on the Wes Anderson film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” as well as the George Clooney starring and helmed “The Monuments Men;” either one could be a potential Oscar winner for Desplat, and this also ups the chances for the five-time nominee. Directed by Saul Dibb, the film will chart the love affair between Lucille, a young French woman (Williams) and the German officer (Schoenaerts) assigned to watch her in Nazi-occupied France.
With the film already in production, this is gearing up for a prime release date sometime next year. And given the The Weinstein Company is behind it, we’d wager it’ll be an awards contender in 2014. [Screen Daily]