Finally following-up 2009’s much-admired I Am Love, Italian helmer Luca Guadagnino has jumped into the realm of English-language cinema. Not A Reliable Wife or the wonderful-sounding Body Art, but something altogether new: outlined, briefly, in Variety is the notice that StudioCanal have assembled a main cast for his next feature — “a sexy thriller” set on the island of Pantelleria, if you need a bit of extra enticement. Also helping anticipation would be the notice that Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie, and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone, Bullhead) are his stars, though that’s about as far as news goes.

It’s an encouraging update, still, and alongside the notice that Adèle Exarchopoulos will join Idris Elba in Bastille Day — with James Watkins (The Woman in Black) coming aboard as director — sees the studio start their Cannes on a fine note. If Guadagnino manages to roll cameras this summer, as the story indicates, they might also have a contender in place for next year. Fingers crossed.

Speaking of, Variety also report that Matteo Garrone (Reality, Gomorra) has an ensemble lined up for his next picture, Tale of Tales. Before calling the first shots in Sicily today, he’d managed to secure — in addition to the already tapped Salma Hayek and Vincent CasselJohn C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina, Southcliffe), and Bebe Cave (Great Expectations). The project, as predicted, will follow a narrative approach similar to his 2008 mafia epic, interweaving three stories based on the eponymous fairy-tale text, “bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family.”

Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso, and Edoardo Albinati co-wrote the script with Garrone, while Virginia Jewiss has translated the piece into English. In that work? Hayek as “a jealous queen who forfeits her husband’s life,” Cassel in the role of “a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters,” and one which, for now, merely goes unnoted.

HanWay are backing the picture, which, with work from Peter Suschitzky and Alexandre Desplat, is one of our most-anticipated in-development titles.

What do you think of these developing titles? Are you curious to see how the directors will fare in English?

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