2006 CANNES REPORT: #3

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Read the 2006 CANNES REPORT: #2 here.

Back again for a late weekend update from the Cannes Film Festival as Variety gives us a bunch of casting news and news on one pick-up.

BENING, LOHAN AND BEAN ARE OF NO IMPORTANCE

Annette Bening, Lindsay Lohan and Sean Bean are set to star in the bigscreen adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance for director Janusz Kaminski.

The pic is expected to begin filming this fall as the story is described as a tale about an ambitious young man, Gerald Arbuthnot, who introduces his prospective employer, Lord Illingworth, to his mother. But she realizes that Illingworth is the man who jilted her long ago and is Gerald’s father.

This marks the second pic Lohan is set to star in since the Festival began as she has already acquired a role in the Aaron Eckhart-starrer Bill.

SOURCE: Variety

SONY TAKES DRIVING LESSONS
Harry Potter fans are sure to be excited as Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Driving Lessons, which stars Ron Weasley, aka Rupert Grint.

The semi-autobiographical British comedy-drama also stars Julie Walters and Laura Linney as it follows a struggling young poet who accepts a summer job with a former star of stage and screen, Dame Eve Walton. She whisks the boy off on a misbegotten road trip from London to Scotland.

SOURCE: Variety

APTED SCORES A THIRD GOAL!
Michael Apted is in negotiations to direct the final installment of the soccer trilogy Goal!. The first piece of the series recently hit theaters in the States to a lackluster box-office take of only $2.9 million since its May 12 release.

The third movie, in which the lead character Santiago Munez fulfills his ambition to play for his country in the World Cup, is in pre-production.

SOURCE: Variety

TRIO TAPPED FOR THE COLOSSUS

Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandon have joined Colin Firth in The Colossus, a colonial drama set in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century, to be directed by Sean Mathias.

The pic is based on Ann Harries’ novel “Manly Pursuits.” The pic is described as a fictionalized version of real events. It’s the story of ornithologist Francis Wills (Firth), who is hired to transport English songbirds to recently deposed South African prime minister Cecil Rhodes (McKellen). Wills falls in love with a firebrand political activist (Weisz) and becomes entangled in a plot to stop the imminent Boer War.

The project is expected to shoot this fall.

SOURCE: Variety

WINSTONE IS A LADIES’ MAN
Ray Winstone is set to star in the black comedy Death of a Ladies’ Man to be directed by John Hillcoat from Nick Cave’s script.

In the film Winstone will play a traveling salesman living a seedy life along the south coast of England. When his wife commits suicide, he has no choice but to take his 9-year-old son on the road with him.

Shooting is scheduled for September.

SOURCE: Variety

Read the 2006 CANNES REPORT: #2 here.