We have two pieces of casting news for you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) have joined the French period drama Les Adieux a la reine. The film is based on the novel by Chantal Thomas and centers on “the three decisive days of the French Revolution in July 1789, told from the point of view of Marie Antoinette’s reader.” Kruger will play Antoinette in the film, which also stars Gerard Depardieu and Noemie Lovski (The French Kissers). Benoit Jacquot will direct.
Hit the jump for news on Richard Gere joining Arbitrage.
According to Deadline, Richard Gere is close to signing on to Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature film Arbitrage. When we first reported on the story in November, Al Pacino had signed on, but since there’s no mention of him in Deadline’s story, I assume that he’s dropped out and Gere is replacing him. The story is about “troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.” Jarecki, who previously directed the documentary The Outsider and wrote the script for Gregor Jordan’s The Informers (shudder), also penned the script for Arbitrage. Eva Green and Susan Sarandon are attached to co-star and shooting is scheduled to begin mid-April in New York.