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Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal now under way

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- Shrouded in the utmost secrecy, the Spanish filmmaker is shooting his fourth movie in Canada; the fantasy co-production stars an international cast toplined by Oscar winner Anne Hathaway

Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal now under way
Anne Hathaway during the shoot for Colossal

At the Cannes Film Festival’s latest Film Market, sales agent Voltage Pictures piqued a great deal of interest with this project written and directed by Cantabrian director Nacho Vigalondo. It is described as an explosive cross between Lost in Translation, Transformers and Godzilla, with an added hint of two movies by a screenwriter that the director of Timecrimes [+see also:
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interview: Nacho Vigalondo
film profile
]
and Extraterrestrial [+see also:
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has often been compared to, Charlie Kaufman: Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. To top off the appeal of Colossal [+see also:
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interview: Nacho Vigalondo
film profile
]
, the name Anne Hathaway – a star who is extremely well known and won an Oscar for Les Miserables [+see also:
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– puts the finishing touch to a strategy with strong potential for success.

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After a bout of controversy when Japanese producer Toho condemned the commercial use of its Godzilla monster by Voltage Pictures (the firms later reached a settlement), the film is finally under way and has been shooting since 28 October in the Canadian city of Vancouver. The cast of this science-fiction/action film – which will not be lacking in Vigalondo’s trademark style of humour – has expanded with the addition of US actors Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson, and British actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). Production is being entrusted to Nahikari Ipiña, of Spanish outfit Sayaka Producciones, and Shawn Williamson, of Canada’s Brightlight Pictures.

Very little has surfaced about the plot, the most ambitious and personal of all his screenplays, according to the director of Open Windows [+see also:
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interview: Nacho Vigalondo
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]
: Gloria (Hathaway) comes back to her hometown from New York, after she breaks up with her partner and loses her job. When she hears that a gigantic creature is destroying Seoul, she discovers that she has a psychic connection with the disaster. And so she will have to figure out why her (at first glance) humdrum life is having such a colossal effect on the destiny of mankind.

(Translated from Spanish)

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