Bernal to star in Moodysson pic

'Mammoth' to lense in November

VENICE/BERLIN — Gael Garcia Bernal has agreed to star in Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s upcoming drama “Mammoth.”

Garcia Bernal, who will next appear in Hector Babenco’s Argentine drama “El Pasado” and Fernando Meirelle’s “Blindness” with Julianne Moore, plays a successful New Yorker who decides to radically change his life while on a trip to Thailand with his wife and daughter.

“Bernal is one of the most exciting young actors working today,” said Moodysson. “He was my dream choice.”

Additional roles have yet to be cast.

The $10 million production begins shooting in November in Thailand, New York, Sweden and in the Philippines.

Pic is co-produced by Stockholm-based Memfis Film, Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbaek Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainment in Copenhagen and the new Zentropa Intl. Berlin, headed by former X Filme producer Maria Koepf.

The project has won the backing of a hodgepodge of financiers, including Sweden’s Film i Vast, Swedish Television, the Swedish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, the Danish Film Institute, the German Federal Filmboard, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Nordic Film & TV Fund and Eurimages.

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