Cruz strums ‘Mandolin’

Thesp to star opposite Cage

LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.”

John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia.

Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the Greek girl who wins the love of the soft-hearted Italian commander Corelli.

Pic, scripted by Shawn Slovo, starts shooting May 22 in Greece. It will be co-financed by Universal Pictures, parent of London-based Working Title, and Canal Plus. Miramax has U.K. and Australian rights.

Cruz, who starred in Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-nominated “All About My Mother,” was previously featured in Stephen Frears’ “The Hi-Lo Country” for Working Title. Her most recent Hollywood credit is Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses.”

Kevin Loader is producing “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” along with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

More Film

  • A Murder in Mansfield Documentary Review

    Film Review: 'A Murder in Mansfield'

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • 'Over the Limit' Review: A Mesmerizing

    IDFA Film Review: 'Over the Limit'

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • DreamWorks Animation Campus

    Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • Mudbound

    Oscar Myth of 'Pure' Movies: Why Netflix, Amazon Should Be Recognized

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • IMAX Opens First European VR Center

    IMAX Opens First Virtual Reality Center in Europe

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • SGIFF: Why Gavin Lim's Diamond Dogs'

    Why 'Diamond Dogs' Had to Premiere in Singapore

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

  • Mona Fong Mona Fong, wife of

    Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive Mona Fong Dies at 83

    LONDON — Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will play the female lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Working Title’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” John Madden is directing the epic romance, based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set in WWII during the Italian occupation of the Greek island Cephalonia. Cruz, Spain’s hottest female star, will play Pelagia, the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content