After a series of blockbuster projects: “Ant-man and the Wasp”, “Avengers: Endgame” and the up and coming Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, our lovely Michelle Pfeiffer finally signed on a new darkly & surrealist comedy “French Exit”, which based on the bestselling novel by Patrick deWitt, with a exciting cast including Lucas Hedges plays her son. This exciting new project was first mentioned by Michelle herself during her HENRY ROSE promotion on Today Show last month, and now officially confirmed by Variety:
In a pre-Cannes Film Festival announcement, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts have signed on to star in the comedy “French Exit.”
Rocket Science and Wild Bunch are handling international sales, beginning in Cannes. CAA Media Finance is representing the U.S. rights. The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival opens on May 14.
Azazel Jacobs (“Terri”) is attached to direct from a script by Patrick deWitt (“The Sisters Brothers”), based on his international bestselling book of the same name that was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Thorsten Schumacher’s Rocket Science is financing and producing the film, with Elevation Pictures also producing.
Pfeiffer will portray a 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite whose husband has been dead for 20 years. With his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a modest apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son (played by Hedges) and the embodiment of her husband in the form of the family cat, voiced by Letts.
Pfeiffer most recently starred in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” She will be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Pfeiffer received Academy Award nominations for her roles in “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Love Field” and “Dangerous Liaisons.”
Hedges received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “Manchester by the Sea” and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “Boy Erased.” He has credits for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Lady Bird.”
Letts is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner with credits on “The Post,” “The Big Short” and “Lady Bird.” He is currently in post-production on “Ford v. Ferrari.”
Jacobs wrote and directed “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Letts, and “Terri,” starring Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly, which was written by deWitt.
Pfeiffer is represented by CAA and Management 360. Hedges is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Letts is repped by Innovative Artists. Jacobs is repped by CAA and Novo. DeWitt is repped by Foundry Literary Media and Novo.
Source: Dave Mcnary, Variety
A synopsis of “French Exit” via Amazon:
Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin – to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, and a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, to name a few.