Rihanna To Star With Adam Driver In Musical Directed By Insane Genius Director Leos Carax
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:28:21
Rihanna has signed on to join Adam Driver and the cast of upcoming music-drama, Annette. For a few months the singer's name has been rumored to be involved in the Leos Carax-directed project, which was announced last November, but now it's official… She's in.
The movie will be distributed by Amazon Studios who acquired the US and Canadian rights for the feature, which was written by Ron and Russell Mael of the art-pop group Sparks. The duo wrote all of the original songs for the score, while the project marks their debut as screenwriters.
Leos Carax, the famously idiosyncratic French filmmaker, responsible for insane visuals in films like Holy Motors and The Lovers on the Bridge, will be making his English-language directorial debut with the movie. As a director renowned for his incredible use of music in film, a full-on musical is an exciting prospect for his fans. Check out his use of David Bowie's "Modern Love" in Mauvais Sang below.
Scheduled to begin shooting in the spring, Annette is a music-filled drama that follows a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife dies, leaving him alone to raises a two-year-old daughter with a surprising gift.
There are currently no details as to what Rihanna's role will be, though Deadline notes it's expected to be "a small part." Rooney Mara, who had previously been attached to the project has had to bow out due to other commitments.
While Rihanna's role may only be considered a 'bit part' it does seem like another significant step as she moves toward taking her acting career more seriously. Few people who watched the movie Battleship will forget her role, and she recently began a run on A&E's Bates Motel as the doomed Marion Crane. She also has a role in one of this summer's most talked-about sci-fi adventures, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. She also just wrapped production on Ocean's Eight, which is scheduled for release next year.
So, it seems like Annette is a project that represents a big pull for many fans of all involved in the project. The pedigree is good, the anticipation is high, and once again Amazon Studios are delivering a good blend of buzz and substance.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff