Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino continues to capitalize on the love and acclaim for his latest film Call Me By Your Name, which was just nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes.
The Italian director is getting ready to do post on his remake of the Dario Argento horror film Suspiria, but he’s also begun casting his next movie Burial Rites. First up in the cast is Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who gives Guadagnino’s film an A-lister who can potentially get him a bigger budget for Burial Rites than he’s had for some of his previous films.
TriStar Pictures holds the worldwide distribution rights for Burial Rites, which is an adaptation of Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830 after killing two men and burning down their home. Lawrence will play Agnes as she waits for her death sentence to be confirmed while reflecting on her life.
Allison Shearmur, who produced last year’s Rogue One and oversaw the development and production of Lawrence’s The Hunger Games at Lionsgate, will produce the film with Justine Ciarrocchi and Lawrence with Gary Ross (director of The Hunger Games) and Jerry Kalajian acting as EPs. Originally, the project was being developed at Lionsgate for Ross to direct, but now, the project will be overseen by TriStar pres. Hannah Minghella and creative exec. Shary Shirazi.
Lawrence has had a fairly quiet 2017 with Darren Aronofsky’s mother! receiving mixed reviews and reactions out of the Sept. festival season. Next year, she’ll appear in 20th Century Fox’s Red Sparrow (which was moved off its original Thanksgiving 2017 release date) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, her fourth film in that Fox franchise in which she’ll play Mystique.
Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name platformed in New York and L.A. over Thanksgiving with Sony Pictures Classics going with a slow expansion, probably saving the movie’s widest release for after the Oscar nominations are announced in January. Last year, Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, was released by Fox Searchlight, and the filmmaker’s take on Suspiria will be released by Amazon Studios.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor