Franka Potente places herself in Jaume Balagueró's capable hands in Muse
by Alfonso Rivera
- The German actress joins Elliot Cowan and Ana Ularu in the cast of the terrifying European co-production, which is about to start shooting
After making three instalments in the REC [+see also:
interview: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
interview: Julio Fernández
film profile] saga of horror films, Jaume Balagueró will demonstrate further proof of his gift to make us hyperventilate with Muse [+see also:
film profile], a Spanish (Filmax, which has always lent its support to the Catalan director's films), Irish (Fantastic Films), French (The Jokers Films) and Belgian (Frakas Productions) co-production. The shoot is about to get under way, and the movie can boast a cast comprising actors from a raft of different countries, such as Germany's Franka Potente (who rose to fame in Run Lola Run), British performer Elliot Cowan and Romania's Ana Ularu.
As was the case with Darkness [+see also:
film profile] (which was distributed by Miramax/Dimension and raked in $22.2 million in the United States), Muse will be shot in English and will be a supernatural thriller, boasting a budget of €5.5 million, half of which is being provided by Spain (it has had contributions from TVE, TV3, Movistar +, ICEC, ICAA and MEDIA); it has also received backing from Eurimages and Wallimage. The cast is rounded off by Leonor Watling, Charlotte Vega, Christopher Lloyd (the much-loved Doc from Back to the Future) and Joanne Whalley.
With a release slated for the last quarter of 2017, Muse tells the story of Salomón, who has been unemployed since the tragic death of his girlfriend. He suffers from a recurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered – but when this same woman turns up dead in real life, a disconcerted Salomón seeks answers to explain the tragedy, delving into a murky world controlled by some inspirational figures: muses.
“This combination of the supernatural, seduction, macabre rituals and love is really explosive and has all the necessary ingredients to create a truly terrifying film,” Balagueró claims about his sixth movie as a solo director. He wrote the screenplay himself together with Fernando Navarro (Toro [+see also:
interview: Kike Maíllo
film profile]), basing it on the José Carlos Somoza novel La dama número trece (lit. “Lady Number 13”).
(Translated from Spanish)
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