CANNES, May 10, 2018 (News Wires) — At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain noticed the paucity of female-led action films at the movie marketplace. This year, she brought a corrective.
Chastain and her co-stars yesterday promoted plans for “355,” a James Bond-like spy thriller led by female stars. Along with Chastain, the film is to star Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing.
The quintet touted the project at a presentation in Cannes. Cruz called Chastain “Santa Claus” for assembling the film, which she called “very emotional to be part of.”
“355,” which has franchise aspirations, is one of the hottest properties at Cannes, the world’s largest film market.
Chastain last year served as a jury member in Cannes, and was critical of the female representation in the festival’s main slate.
CANNES, May 9, 2018 (News Wires) — Penelope Cruz says she and her husband Javier Bardem were paid equally for the Cannes Film Festival opener “Everybody Knows.”
In the film, the Spanish-language debut of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, Cruz and Bardem play former lovers dealing with the kidnapping of a daughter. Asked Wednesday at a press conference in Cannes if they were paid the same, Cruz replied, “Actually, yes.”
Shortly after “Everybody Knows” opened the Cannes Film Festival, Focus Features acquired the film. The specialty division of Universal Pictures said Wednesday that it will distribute it in the U.S. and much of the world.
Farhadi has won two Academy Awards for best foreign language film, for “A Separation” and “The Salesman.” Producers said they will also aim for the Oscars with “Everybody Knows.”