Jamie Dornan to Star in Updated ‘Carmen’ Musical for Sony Classics

Jamie Dornan is set to star in “Carmen,” a reimagining of the classic French opera in a musical film that has already been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Dornan will star alongside Mexican actress Melissa Barrera in a film that will be the directorial debut of Benjamin Millepiedm the French choreographer and dancer behind “Black Swan.” Dimitri Rassam will produce, and the film is scheduled to begin production in October in Los Angeles.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz is writing the shooting draft of the screenplay for “Carmen,” and Nicholas Britell, an Oscar nominee for “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will write the score. He’ll also write several original songs for the film along with singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas.

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French composer Georges Bizet’ opera “Carmen in set in Seville, Spain, and tells the story of a soldier who is seduced by a fiery gypsy, causing him to desert his military duties, leave his childhood love and ultimately lose Carmen’s love to another. Barrera will play the lead Carmen, and Dornan will play the male lead Aidan.

Rassam’s Chapter 2 is financing and producing “Carmen,” along with Mimi Valdès and co-producers Marvelous Productions. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the rights for North America, Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. TF1 Studio will handle other international sales at Cannes.

Barrera is a Mexican actress who will next be seen in the musical adaptation of “In the Heights” from producer Lin-Manuel Miranda. She’s represented by UTA, Cross Over Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dornan will next star in John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme.” He is repped by UTA, Troika and Sloane, Offer and Weber & Dern.

Variety first reported news of the project.

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Julianne Moore’s ‘After the Wedding’ Sundance Drama Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all of the rights to Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams’ “After the Wedding,” which was the opening night film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Bart Freundlich directed the film that also starred Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn. It is an adaptation of Susanne Bier’s Academy Award-nominated Danish film of the same name.

The film is produced by Joel B. Michaels and Harry Finkel, and it is an Ingenious Media and Riverstone Pictures presentation, executive produced by Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar for Riverstone and Peter Touche and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious. 

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“After the Wedding” follows Isabel (Williams) who is dedicated to her life working in an orphanage in India. She soon hears of a mysterious and generous grant from multimillionaire Theresa (Moore), she travels to New York to meet Theresa in person, only to uncover some family secrets that affects them all.

SPC and Freundlich previously worked together on his first feature, “The Myth of Fingerprints.” The distributor has also worked with Moore on several films, including “Vanya on 42nd Street,” “Safe” and “Still Alice,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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“I’ve known Michael and Tom for 23 years when we worked together on my first film, ‘The Myth of Fingerprints,’” said Freundlich. “They have impeccable taste, so it is very exciting, and great vote of confidence that they believe so whole heartedly in ‘After the Wedding.’”

SPC added: “Stunning performances with a nail biter of a story executed perfectly by director Bart Freundlich. ‘After the Wedding’ makes for a perfect end of summer release.”

“After the Wedding” will be released in August. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Cornerstone Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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