Rising star Lily-Rose Depp has joined the cast of Stephanie Di Giusto’s directorial debut “The Dancer,” a 19th-century drama based on the life of American performer Loie Fuller.
Depp will topline as Isadora Duncan, a San Francisco native who grew up in poverty and became a dance prodigy, quickly achieving worldwide fame. She had a crucial role in the life of Fuller, who will be interpreted by French musician-turned-thesp Soko. Fuller, who was born in rural America, pioneered the Serpentine dance and turned out to achieve international recognition at the turn of the 20th century.
The movie – penned by Di Giusto, Thomas Bidegain (“The Cowboys,” “Dheepan”) and Sarah Thiebaud — will chronicle Fuller’s fateful relationship with Duncan.
The high-profile international cast also comprises Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”), Francois Damiens (“Heartbreaker”) and Louis-Do du Lencquesaing (“Taj Mahal”).
Alain Attal, who is producing via his outfit Les Productions du Tresor, pointed out Di Giusto was a talented video artist who will give the project a unique visual identity. Vincent Maraval, Wild Bunch’s co-founder, is co-producing, along with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Les Films du Fleuve and Artemio Benki for Sirena Films.
Depp’s slate also includes Rebecca Zlotowski’s Paris-based period drama “Planetarium” in which she will star alongside Natalie Portman. Ulliel has just finished shooting Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” opposite Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.
Lensing of “The Dancer” will begin Sept. 28.