Sunday, 20 November 2016

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz to star in new film by Iranian director

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will be directing a movie starring married couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, set in Spain.

Photo Javier Bardem by David Torcivia  - Penelope Cruz by Joelle Maslaton  / CC BY-SA-3.0

Penelope Cruz told the Barcelona newspaper, La Vanguardia about the new project. She said the movie will be filmed in Spain, but as yet the location is unknown. Cruz, 42, said the film will be an “intense drama which is a gift for actors.” She said it was a luxury to work with Farhadi, the winner of a foreign-language Oscar in 2012 for the film “A Separation.”

Farhadi is reportedly working on the original screenplay for the new movie and shooting is set to begin next year. While the plot is mostly under wraps for now, the story reportedly revolves around a family of winemakers living in rural Spain.

Bardem and Cruz were married in 2010 in the Bahamas, but first met when filming “Jamon, Jamon” back in 1992 – one of Cruz’s first films. They are currently working on another film together. The movie “Escobar” is about the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, with Bardem in the role of the drug lord and Cruz playing his lover, journalist Virginia Vallejo.

This will be their first movie appearance together since the 2008 Woody Allen romantic comedy, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," where they starred with Scarlet Johansson. Cruz won a supporting actress Oscar for her role in the film. For his part, Bardem, 47, won a supporting actor Oscar in the 2007 crime thriller "No Country for Old Men.” 

Cruz went on to say how excited they are to be working together on Farhadi’s new film.
"No one planned it. And we are not going to work together in everything, but if things come up (for both of us) and they make sense, why not?"
Source: The Local