"Annette" Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard is the Next Movie Musical You Can Geek Out Over
For those who have been starving for an Oscar musical nominee since La la Land, your time has come. Star Wars hero Adam Driver, together with the beautiful Marion Cotillard and Big Bang Theory's hilarious Simon Helberg are filming Annette, a - you guessed it - musical comedy about a standup comedian and his modern opera singing wife, who tragically dies and leaves behind their two year old, who unveils a special gift.
In 2017 Amazon Studios acquired the film, but after a long and confusing casting process, production has finally begun this fall in Belgium and is spear-headed by French director, Leos Carax of Holy Motors fame. This will be his first English-language film. Musical directors, who originated the story and script, are the iconic Los Angeles band, Sparks, a 1970's synth pop band with a Duran Duran/New Order/Sonic Youth vibe. Thanks to their cheeky announcement back in August, we can breathe easily that this project is officially underway!
The actor who made his eyebrow raising debut on HBO's Girls is no stranger to theatrical performances originally designed for the stage, being a Tony-nominated player in the revival of this year's Burn This. The actress who would play the glamorous soprano, Ann, took a bit longer to pin down. Slated to join the bill was originally Ronney Mara and later Michelle Williams, but in the end, we believe Marion Cotillard to be the perfect choice. In 2008, Cotillard won the Oscar for her heart-wrenching performance of staple French singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (which is an undeniable must-see if you ask us).
All in all we think they'll be making beautiful musique together.