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Seydoux, Rahim to star in ‘Grand Central’

Rebecca Zlotowski preps contempo romantic drama

PARIS — French thesps Lea Seydoux (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) are set to topline Rebecca Zlotowski’s contempo romantic drama “Grand Central.”

The film is scribe-turned-director Zlotowski’s sophomore feature after “Belle Epine,” winner of last year’s Louis Delluc kudo.

Rahim will star as a young man compulsively attracted to danger, who becomes a subcontractor at a French nuclear facility, where he is exposed to deadly radiation levels.

He’s transformed by his passionate and forbidden affair with a woman he meets at the plant — played by Seydoux.

Zlotowski, who started writing the script before Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster, says she had the idea of narrating “an intense love story, set in the world of nuclear nomads who go from one plant to the next, because of its visual and dramatic appeal.”

Subcontractors who work at Gaul’s nuclear facilities have been exposed to high radiation levels for decades.

“While the film will be politically engaged, it will mainly revolve around the romance,” Zlotowski said.

She is reteaming with “Belle Epine’s” co-scribe Gaelle Mace and producer Frederic Jouve at Paris-based Les Films Velvet for “Grand Central.”

Jouve is considering shooting parts of the movie in Vienna and will likely be looking for an Austrian co-production partner. Lensing is expected to start this summer. The producer is in advanced negotiations with a French distributor.

Seydoux, who earned a Cesar nom for her part in “Belle Epine,” toplines in Benoit Jacquot’s costumer “Farewell, My Queen,” which opens at Berlin.

Rahim, who recently toplined Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Black Gold,” just wrapped lensing on Joachim Lafosse’s “Loving Without Reason.”

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