Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) have entered final negotiations to headline the upcoming romantic feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet (Nobody Wants the Night). The announcement arrives today from Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease). Fortitude is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project, which is being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Scripted by Oscar winner Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut, Two for the Road), This Man, This Woman follows an estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz) who encounter each other by chance on a plane, and relive memories of their turbulent romantic relationship. Kruger will play Kirsty Sachs, a talk show host who has an affair with Heller and who changes the course of his whirlwind relationship with Parks.
“It feels like a minor miracle to finally bring this passion of mine to the screen,” says Lobell, “and to put together this dream cast including the superbly talented Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger who are the perfect actresses to bring these multi-layered characters to life. Combined with an extraordinary director to help realize Freddie’s amazing script, there must be a movie God after all.”
“Frederic Raphael has written a mesmerizing script which closely examines a couple’s rollercoaster relationship over the years which will be brilliantly brought to life by the talented filmmaker Isabel Coixet. We can’t wait to introduce this hot title to buyers at EFM,” add de Barros and Barnum.
De Barros and Barnum will serve as executive producers on This Man, This Woman with Lobell set to produce.
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