Melanie Laurent also in talks to star in English-language debut of Claudia Llosa

Jennifer Connelly and “Inception” star Cillian Murphy are set to topline “Cry/Fly,” the English-language debut of one of Latin America’s fastest-rising femme helmer-scribes, Claudia Llosa.

France’s Melanie Laurent, who appeared in “Inglourious Basterds,” is in advanced negotiations to co-star as a French journalist.

Set in Minnesota and northern Canada over two time periods, “Cry/Fly” tells the story of a mother (Connelly) whose six-year-old daughter is terminally ill. A dramatic event separates the mother from her sick daughter and falcon-keeper son, and 20 years later, the son is persuaded by a journalist to embark on a search for his now-famous mother.

Sold by Spain’s Dreamcatchers, “Cry/Fly” is produced by Mark Johnson, and Spain’s Jose Maria Morales and Ibon Cormenzana.

“Cry/Fly” begins shooting in February.

Llosa’s sophomore picture, 2009’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” won the Berlin Festival’s Golden Bear and was nominated for an Oscar.

Also handling international sales on “Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box” and Spain’s Oscar entry “Blancanieves,” Dreamcatchers will launch sales on “Cry/Fly” at the AFM.

Connelly is repped by CAA and The Schiff Company, Murphy and Laurent by CAA.

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