‘Grams’ adds Gainsbourg

Thesp joins Penn, Del Toro, Watts

PARIS — Charlotte Gainsbourg has boarded Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s $20 million English-lingo debut, “21 Grams.”

The French thesp, who won acclaim for her starring role in last year’s Gallic comedy “My Wife Is an Actress,” will play Sean Penn’s spouse in the film, which starts shooting in November, her agent Dominique Besnehard said.

High drama

Pic, which co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts, explores the emotionally and physically charged lives of a woman, her cheating lover and an ex-con.

It was penned by Gonzalez Inarritu with Guillermo Arriaga, his screenwriting partner on the helmer’s hit debut, “Amores Perros.”

The pic is being produced by the director with Ted Hope, the former co-topper at Good Machine, who will make “21 Grams” his first film under his newly christened This Is That banner.

Universal’s Focus Features successfully bid for the world rights this summer.

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