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Pussy Riot in Talks to Star in ‘Spring Breakers’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

UPDATE: Pussy Riot has denied talk of them starring in the “Spring Breakers” sequel.

“This news is ridiculous,” a statement released Sunday by Igne Colsen of the duo’s PR firm Girlie Action read. “It’s not true we’re in talks with ‘Spring Breakers’ producers and we have no plans to do that.”

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After the dustup over Franco’s Instagram attacks on the upcoming “Spring Breakers” sequel — which is happening without star Franco or director Harmony Korine — the producers of the new film are now dropping a bombshell on the already heated debate over artistic rights and creative intentions.

Franco may now have to tussle with no less a force for creative rights than Pussy Riot.

Performance artists Pussy Riot (a.k.a. Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina) are coming to Cannes this week to meet with “Spring Breakers: Second Coming” director Jonas Akerlund and producers Chris and Roberta Hanley, and Jordan Gertner. The political activists were jailed in their Russian homeland for two years after performing an anti-Putin punk prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

“Our director is coming in especially to meet Nadya and Maria to discuss being in the movie,” Chris Hanley told Variety. “The fiction of ‘Spring Breakers’ never met with the reality of Pussy Riots — until now.”

“Since there are some suggestions in the reporting on ‘Second Coming’ that it is a ‘weak’ or ‘lame’ sequel, the new Irvine Welsh screenplay has the strongest feminine voice of the ‘Spring Breakers’ characters so far. And Nadya and Maria of Pussy Riot are a powerful new voice of world feminism. We are all into radical innovations.”

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are scheduled to arrive with Cinema for Peace Foundation chairman Jaka Bizilj on May 22 for three days of meetings, which may also serve as a high-profile boost to Cannes Fest topper Thierry Fremaux’s efforts this year to see the fest raise the profiles of women artists. Fremaux has been widely criticized in past years over the paucity of female voices in the fest lineup.

Responding again to Franco’s assertions that the new project would be “horrible,” Hanley said “Pussy Riot somehow came into being concomitant with the original ‘Spring Breakers,’ which was pure coincidence. The original ‘Spring Breakers’ theme was the plying away of the facade of a new American dream of becoming rich by any means.”

“‘Second Coming’ addresses societal limitations, women having a voice to decide on the rights of their own bodies against moral limitations by religious, militant cult groups, in a spring break setting, where our ‘Spring Breakers’ girls take power into their own hands once again!”

Update:

‎To say the talks between Pussy Riot and the producers of “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming” are fluid ‎is like saying the Cannes Croisette movie seeing and selling scene is frenetic.

According to a source close to the film’s sales efforts, “As of today we are hoping that members of Pussy Riot will be able to attend Cannes this week, but their attendance has not been confirmed.”

The duo from the group has been working on a Cannes appearance to represent their efforts on behalf of artistic rights and to possibly engage in talks with director Akerlund about roles in “Second Coming,” but a source close to the Cinema for Peace organization, their patrons for the trip to the fest, now tells Variety, “Pussy Riot are not confirmed to attend.”

Cinema for Peace is an internationally recognized human rights and culture organization that annually hosts a starry gala in Berlin and flies the flag for global artists in high-profile settings like Cannes.

The source stresses “Cinema for Peace does not speak for Pussy Riot and has no involvement in this project.”‎

Variety‘s attempts to reach official representation for Pussy Riot have not produced a more definitive statement on their plans.

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