The Cannes Market is an oftentimes overwhelming source of breaking news stories, so we’re sorting through the clutter this year to present a roundup of the biggest and best breaking news stories. From major casting announcements to filmmakers boarding exciting new projects, you can find a complete rundown of the stories below. Content will be updated as news breaks straight from the Cannes Market.
Wednesday, May 11
– Antonio Banderas will play the lead in Simon West’s action-comedy “Salty.” The actor will play an aged rock star and sex addict who must save his supermodel wife after she is kidnapped by pirates. According to THR, the film is being billed as “‘The Hangover’-meets-‘Spinal Tap'” West is best known as the director of “Con Air” and “Tomb Raider.”
– Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are teaming up to star in a film adaption of “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree,” which is based on the 2011 novel by Ann Weisgarber. Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy is attached to direct the film, while Viola Davis will be handling executive producing duties. The novel is a period piece set in the American West about a budding married couple who struggle to make their claim in the Badlands of South Dakota.
– Indie favorite Sebastian Silva is lining up his next project with a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Catherine Kenner and Michael Cera (who also starred in Silva’s “Crystal Fairy”). Entitled “Captain Dad,” the movie is a family thriller about an idyllic Caribbean sailing vacation gone awry.
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– After taking a turn directing with last year’s Australian period drama “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe is getting together his next filmmaking project. Crowe is set to helm “Inside the O’Briens,” which will also star the actor opposite Nicole Kidman. The story involves a Massachusetts police officer who gets diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. Crowe is also at Cannes to premiere his new film, “The Nice Guys.”
– Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp are teaming up for the first time for Brett Ratner’s “The Libertine,” a new drama based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. The film will have a comedic spin on the story, which saw Strauss-Kahn being accused of assaulting a hotel maid. The scandal was already the subject of Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York.”
– Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman are set to star in writer-director Ron Shelton’s new action-comedy, “Villa Capri.” The “Bill Durham” director is set to return for the first time since 2003 with this story about an ex-FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer who must put off their golf rivalry in order to fend off the mob.
– Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated Detroit riots drama continues to come together, with “Game of Thrones” actress Hannah Murray cast as the lead in the film. Murray is best known as Gilly on the blockbuster HBO television series. Mark Boal is writing the script for the film, which is set to explore the discrimination behind the 1967 Detroit protests.
– Fresh off the Oscar-nominated success of “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven has signed on to direct “Kings,” a drama about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The cast is still being worked out, although Halle Berry is attached to star as a mother living in the South Central area.
– “Triple 9” may not have been a slam dunk success, but John Hellcat is quickly getting together his followup project. The filmmaker is set to direct “Honor for Sale,” which will be based on former police officer Gerald E. Kelly’s book “Honor for Sale: The Darkest Chapter in the History of New York’s Finest.” The drama will tell the true story of the more than 500 pounds of heroin that was stolen from the NYPD’s office by Special Investigations Unit detectives in late ’60s.
Thursday, May 12
– Quentin Tarantino favorite Michael Madsen has boarded Jake Spencer’s science-fiction romance “South of Hope Street.” The film is expected to begin production next year in Norway and the Dolomites and, according to Variety, explore the question: “How far will people go to avoid facing change?”
– Eric Boss’ political thriller “Public Affairs” has cast Adrien Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers, reports Variety. The film centers around an affair between a campaign aide and the wife of a presidential candidate.
– Michael Pearce has cast up-and-coming stars Johnny Flynn and Jessie Buckley in his directorial debut “Beast.” The film is being described as a hybrid between a romance movie and a horror film, as it follows a woman who falls in love with a man who is suspected of committing a series of brutal murders.
– Joey King and Courtney Love have signed on to star in “The Possibility of Fireflies,” adaptation of the novel by Dominique Paul. The film is being directed by Deborah Chow and centers around a teenager who dreams of becoming a writer while dealing with her volatile mother.
– Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland are teaming up on the big screen in Italian director Paolo Virzì’s “The Leisure Seeker.” Based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, the film will find the iconic actors playing a terminally ill couple who escape from a retirement home and take one last cross-country trip. The movie will mark Virzì’s English-langaueg debut. He is currently at Cannes to premiere his new film “Like Crazy.”
– Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny’s “Lizzie Borden” has found a director in Craig William Macneill. The filmmaker broke out at the SXSW Film Festival last year with “The Boy,” a terrifying psychological horror movie starring David Morse and Rainn Wilson.
Friday, May 13
– A new biopic about the life of iconic singer Dionne Warwick is in development with LaToya Luckett and Lady Gaga attached to star. Luckett will play the singer in the project, which is currently titled “Dionne,” while the international pop star will take on the role of English singer Cilla Black. Danny Glover and Olympia Dukakis are also set to star in the film, which will be directed by Mario Van Peebles. (UPDATE: Gaga’s rep says she is not starring in the film after all).
– The cast of Joel Hopkins’ “Hampstead” is growing, with acclaimed British actors Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow joining previously announced stars Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson. Principal photography begin at the end of the month.
– Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in “Under the Silver Lake,” the highly anticipated crime drama from “It Follows” breakout David Robert Mitchell. A24 has already acquired domestic rights to the thriller out of Cannes this week. Production is slated to begin in Los Angeles over the summer.
Saturday, May 14
– Jonathan Rhys Meyers is joining Harald Zwart’s WWII drama “The 12th Man.” The film tells the true story of Norwegian hero Jan Baalsrud, who escaped the Germans following a raid in 1943 along with 11 of his fellow resistance fighters.
– According to a report by Deadline, Helen Mirren is in talks to play Sarah Winchester, the multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune in “Winchester,” directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig.
– Natalie Dormer is joining Jai Courtney, Brenton Thwaites and Michael Douglas in Todd Komarnicki’s “God Four.” The film centers around a 10-year school reunion and follows a documentary filmmaker as he discovers one of his former crew members has committed suicide. Deadline first reported the deal.
– Daniel Bruhl is jumping into television with The Weinstein Company. The actor has joined “Mafiya,” a 10-part drama series set during the fall of the Soviet Union. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.