CANNES– Euro major Studiocanal has brought two new high-profile films on to the market at Cannes.
James Watkins (“Woman in Black”) will direct “Bastille Day,” a Paris-set action thriller starring Idris Elba (“Luther”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color). “Source Code’s” Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures will produce along with Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content (“Babel,” “True Detective”)
Unveiling a promo-reel on Tuesday at Cannes, Studiocanal also confirmed that Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”) will topline the first English-language fiction feature from Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”). Former Sony and Scott Free exec Michael Costigan will produce.
Written by Dave Kajanich, and set on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, south of Guadagnino’s native Sicily, the untitled project was described as “a sexy thriller” by Studiocanal chairman-CEO Olivier Courson.
It is set for a summer shoot in Italy.Studiocanal is financing both pics and looks set to distribute them in France, Germany, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia, and selling the rest of the world on the duo.
Studiocanal will announce a major U.S. studio coming on board “Bastille Day” in the next few days.
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Tom Hardy will co-star in “Bastille Day.” Hardy is not attached to the project.