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."