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New projects on the cards for Luca Guadagnino


- The Italian director is set to direct a thriller, Rio, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch and Michelle Williams, as well as a costume drama, Burial Rites, starring Jennifer Lawrence

New projects on the cards for Luca Guadagnino
Luca Guadagnino on the set of Call Me By Your Name (© Sony Pictures)

Two days after Call Me By Your Name [+see also:
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was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet) and Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer), people are already talking about what Luca Guadagnino is going to do next. The latest news involves the direction of a true-crime costume drama, Burial Rites, starring Jennifer Lawrence, co-produced by Allison Shearmur and Justine Ciarrocchi (Guadagnino's Frenesy may also contribute) and TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, which holds the film's international rights.

Before starting work on the film, which is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Hannah Kent and tells the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830, Guadagnino is busy planning the release of his remake of the cult film Suspiria with Amazon Studios, while also simultaneously working on yet another project, Rio, a thriller with an all-star cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch – on screen together for the first time – and Michelle Williams, who starred alongside Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

The film is a co-production between Italy (Frenesy), France (StudioCanal), the United Kingdom (Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland's SunnyMarch) and the United States (Nine Stories), and was written by the British writer Steven Knight (Locke [+see also:
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). It tells the story of a financial journalist (Gyllenhaal) who goes to Rio de Janeiro to meet up with an old well-off friend (Cumberbatch), but quickly becomes embroiled in a plot to hide the death of a friend. Rio is currently in pre-production, with filming set to commence in early 2018.

(Translated from Italian)

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