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Franka Potente places herself in Jaume Balagueró's capable hands in Muse

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- The German actress joins Elliot Cowan and Ana Ularu in the cast of the terrifying European co-production, which is about to start shooting

Franka Potente places herself in Jaume Balagueró's capable hands in Muse
Actress Franka Potente

After making three instalments in the REC [+see also:
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trailer
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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:
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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.

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As was the case with Darkness [+see also:
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(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:
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interview: Kike Maíllo
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]
), basing it on the José Carlos Somoza novel La dama número trece (lit. “Lady Number 13”).

(Translated from Spanish)

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