Various sources like that of Bloody-Disgusting.com are reporting that Penélope Cruz could be toplining Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s (Antichrist) psychological drama-cum-disaster film, Melancholia.
Budgeted at around E5 million ($7 million), English-lingo film is set for a European 2010 shoot. The title refers to Planet Melancholia, an enormous planet illustrated on the press release that looms threateningly close to Earth. “No more happy endings!” commented Lars von Trier, who will direct from his own screenplay. “As a disaster movie, Melancholia will use some special effects, but nothing compared to Hollywood,” exclaims Zentropa Entertainment co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen.
Personally, I think it sounds like a really cool idea given the director. I know Penélope is now being very choosy with her projects and this seems like it could be very time consuming, but with Lars von Trier claiming to make it ‘anti-hollywood’, sounds promising! Only time will tell if this becomes a sure thing. I’ll keep you posted.
Eh. Personally, Lars Von Trier strikes me as a highly pretentious and self-absorbent director who really is stuck in this unworldly place where disgusting, overwhelmingly tragic and shocking is a film novelty. While that may be true for the most mainstream of Hollywood, something like that is pretty standard from Von Trier.
I liked Dogville, though, and therefore am curious about how this will turn out. Sounds like an interesting, different project for Penélope, especially in light of her other recent work. :)
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