Tuesday, March 11, 2008

French actress Paradis eyes English-language bow

By Rebecca Leffler
16 minutes ago

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) -
French actress Vanessa Paradis
is attached to star alongside Michael Madsen in her first
English-language film, its producer said Tuesday.

"The Midwife Crisis," the story of a bizarre love affair
between a midwife and a loan shark, is tentatively set for a
seven-week shoot starting September in New York.

Production firm Gaumont will partner on the film with an
as-yet-unannounced U.S. producer.

Director Mabrouk el Mechri plans to cast U.S. actors for
his big screen follow-up to 2005's "Virgil" and upcoming Gallic
June release, Gaumont's Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer "JCVD."

"It's not your typical cheesy romantic comedy. It's not
Hugh Grant," El Mechri said.

"I don't want to film New York like a tourist. No squirrels
in Union Square, no zooming in from the Empire State Building
to a close-up of Vanessa Paradis."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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