Penélope Cruz is expected to take the female lead in what will most likely be Pedro Almodóvar’s next film, La Piel que habito, reports Variety.
Almodóvar announced the project in early December. At that stage, it was probable that Cruz, Academy-nominated for her lead role in Almodóvar’s Volver, would have a part in the film.
Based on Gallic author Thierry Jonquet’s 1995 novel “Mygale,” the long-mooted Almodóvar project concerns a plastic surgeon who exacts a hideous revenge on his daughter’s rapists.
The screenplay for the Spanish-language film has been rewritten and “it’s 70%-80% certain to be Pedro’s next,” said producer brother Agustin Almodovar. “But Pedro always works on several ideas at the same time, and he has a second screenplay on the go as well,” he added.