|Rachel Weisz, who will appear in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. |
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Rachel Weisz joins Paolo Sorrentino's new film YouthBen Beaumont-Thomas
Tuesday 6 May 2014 08.44 BST
Following the success of his Oscar-winning film The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino's next project Youth has snapped up a welter of Hollywood acting talent: Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano are to join the previously announced Michael Caine.
The film (previously known as In the Future) looks set to return to some of Sorrentino's key themes: age, art and the poignancy of each. It focuses on a pair of 80-year-old friends on holiday in the Alps, looking back at their lives and the time they have left. One is a film director struggling to complete his last feature, while the other is a retired composer and conductor who is being tempted into picking up the baton again – the film follows their efforts, as well as their relationships with their children and fellow hotel guests.
It will be the second time Sorrentino has worked with English-language actors, following This Must Be the Place with Sean Penn playing an ageing goth rocker. Weisz meanwhile is already working on another English-language project from an acclaimed European arthouse director, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster, a strange sci-fi romance that will co-star Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and others. Weisz is also on board for Miss You Already, the next film from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, which has been written by British actor Morwenna Banks.
Sorrentino meanwhile is also working on a Sky TV co-production provisionally entitled The Young Pope, about the struggles of an American pope called Lenny Belado. "The series is about dreams, fears, conflicts, battles, the search for meaning and the need for love of a pope, seen through Sorrentino's unique vision capable of creating worlds that are at the same time incredible and more real than reality itself," said the show's producers in a statement.
"The pope invented by Sorrentino is someone you have to meet at least once in your life," added producer Lorenzo Mieli in an Italian newspaper interview, comparing the character to The Sopranos' Tony Soprano, Breaking Bad's Walter White and House of Cards' Frank Underwood.