Lea Seydoux in The Shrouds and Saoirse Ronan in Blitz

David Cronenberg after the recent Crimes of the Futurewhere the director has created a fascinating and disturbing summary of his journey in the body-horror genre by narrating the evolution of the “New Flesh”, and the very recent news that one of his eighties classics, Scanners, will become a TV series, the Canadian director is preparing to shoot his next film project. For his new film entitled The ShroudsCronenberg cast the talented and sultry female lead Leah Seydoux, which the director had already directed in “Crimes of the Future”. Seydoux joins the only other confirmed cast member, fellow cast member and compatriot Vincent Cassel.

Speaking of the film, Cronenberg insisted that “it’s not a French film” adding: “It’s a very personal project for me. People who know me will know which parts are autobiographical.” In “The Shrouds” Cassel plays a businessman who builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud.

The story of “The Shrouds” centers on Karsh (Cassel), “an innovative businessman and grieving widower, who builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud. Karsh’s revolutionary activity is on the verge of breaking into the international mainstream when several graves in his cemetery are vandalized and nearly destroyed, including his wife’s. As he struggles to uncover a clear reason for the attack, the mystery of who caused this havoc and why will make Karsh reevaluate his business, marriage and loyalty to his late wife’s memory, as well as push him towards a new Start.

Lea Seydoux is currently busy with two sci-fi projects currently in production, the Dunes 2 by Denis Villeneuve arriving November 17, 2023 e La Bête by Bertrand Bonello currently without a release date. In “Dune 2” Seydoux will play Lady Margot, Bene Gesserit wife of Count Hasimir Fenring, a close friend of the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken), but loyal to the Sisterhood. In “La Bête” Seydoux will play Gabrielle, a woman who in a near future where emotions have become a threat, finally decides to purify her DNA in a machine that will immerse her in her previous lives and free her from any strong feelings that it “contaminates” it. But when she meets Louis and she feels a strong connection to him, as if she’s known him forever, Gabrielle’s certainties waver. The film is described as “a melodrama that transcends genre and takes place in three distinct periods: 1910, 2014 and 2044”. Seydoux’s name is also linked to a new adaptation of the novel Emanuellea symbolic character of erotic literature created by the French author Emmanuelle Arsan, who in the seventies gave birth to a cinematic trend that continued until the 2000s. The new adaptation of “Emmanuelle” is directed by Audrey Diwan director of the acclaimed Anne’s choice – L’événementGolden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival 2021.

Source: Screen Daily

The four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (Little Women, Brooklyn, Lady Bird) has signed on to star in Blitzthe new film by Englishman Steve McQueen, director of the Oscar-winning film 12 years a slaveof the Shame with Michael Fassbender and female crime Widows – Criminal Legacy. The project in development as an Apple TV Original Movie will tell the stories of Londoners during the Blitz of World War II, a German bombing campaign against the United Kingdom in 1940 and 1941. The term was first used in the press British and originated from the term Blitzkrieg, the German word meaning “blitzkrieg”.

The film project is produced by New Regency, who previously collaborated with McQueen on “12 Years a Slave” and “Widows”. The film will also be produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer. Shooting on the film is expected to begin later this year.

Saoirse Ronan, who we will see in Italian cinemas on September 29 in the thriller Murder in the West End, has two other films in post-production: the drama The Outrun and sci-fi thriller Foe. The first follows a thirtysomething woman who returns to the Orkney Islands where she grew up and as she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has engulfed the last decade of her life she rediscovers the wilderness is its ability to restore life and renew hope. “Foe” set in the near future after severe climate change has ruined farmland. A farmer and his wife struggle on one of the last remaining farms until a knock on the door changes everything.

Source: Deadlines

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