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McDormand finds her ‘Place’

Actress joins Penn on director Sorrentino's English-language bow

Frances McDormand is in advanced negotiations to join helmer Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place,” starring Sean Penn.

Pic, Sorrentino’s English-language debut, concerns an aging rock star who decides to hunt down the Nazi criminal who ordered his father’s execution in a concentration camp. McDormand’s role is being kept under wraps. Producer Nicola Giuliano confirmed that talks for her to board the pic are in the final stretch.

“This Must Be the Place,” co-produced by Giuliano’s Indigo Film and Lucky Red with Gaul’s Arp Selection and Ireland’s Element Pictures, will shoot in Dublin in August before moving to the U.S. Pathe is selling internationally.

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