Italo actress to play a prostitute hired to be a wife

For her first film after she has a baby in September, Monica Bellucci will star in Bertrand Blier’s “How Much Do You Make?,” a romantic comedy produced by Fidelite.

Pic will shoot in February, Fidelite’s producing partners Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc said here.

The Italian actress will play a prostitute hired by an admirer who has just won the lottery to be his around-the-clock “wife.”

Said Missonnier: “It is in the vein of his early films, but there is a tenderness that wasn’t there before. It’s a new Blier.”

Hot on the success of its latest Gallic box office hit “Podium,” Fidelite has several previously unannounced projects, including Francois Ozon’s next film, a melodrama called “Time to Leave”; “L’Avion,” an “E.T.”-style family film by Cedric Khan; and “Anthony Zimmer,” a thriller starring Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal.

The company also is developing an English-language pic, which will shoot in New York, based on Guillaume Musso’s “Afterwards.” Helmer Gilles Bourdos is scripting with Michael Spinoza.

Fidelite had been developing another project with Blier, ‘Battered Men,” which has been put on the back burner until after “How Much Do You Make?”

Ozon’s first pic since last year’s “Swimming Pool” is “5×2,” about five crucial moments in the life of a married couple; it will be released in France on Sept. 1. Sales agent Celluloid Dreams has sold the pic to a number of major territories around the world.

Due to shoot in France this summer, Ozon’s “Time to Leave” will star Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau and Valeria Bruno Tedeschi.

Fidelite is also in advanced preparation on Cedric Khan’s “L’avion” (The Plane). Isabelle Carre and Vincent Lindon star as the parents of a little boy who owns a model plane. Lambert Wilson also stars.

“It is a family film in the vein of ‘E.T.’ that is completely different from his other work,” Missonnier said.

Co-produced with Alain Terzian’s Alter Films, “Anthony Zimmer” is a love story-thriller set on the French Riviera between Cannes and St. Tropez, penned by first-time helmer Jerome Salle.

Fidelite has the Directors Fortnight-selected “The Hook,” Thomas Vincent’s sophomore pic.

Fidelite also produced, with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp co-producing, Laurent Tirard’s “Un autre que moi” (Someone Else), a romantic comedy with Edouard Baer, Marie-Jose Croze and Clovis Cornillac, about a ghost writer who tries to woo a woman he was infatuated with years earlier. EuropaCorp will release the film Sept. 8 in France.

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