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Lea Seydoux Boards ‘Saint Laurent’ for ‘House of Pleasures’ Director; First Poster for ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

Written by on February 13, 2013 

There are few modern French actresses I prefer to Léa Seydoux, and there are few modern French films I prefer to House of Pleasures. When you break down the source of the preferences, the latter is, rather clearly, a feeling indebted to a dangerous mixture of raw talent and radiant beauty; much of the latter, meanwhile, comes down to the work of writer-director Bertrand Bonello, who pulled out a quietly powerful film which has stuck with yours truly nearly a year after seeing it. You can imagine that this next news breeds a sense of happiness.

It comes from Variety, who tell us Seydoux will collaborate on Saint Laurent, Bonello‘s biopic of the titular fashion designer which has already landed Gaspard Ulliel for the lead, with Jérémie Renier (approximately every Dardennes brothers movie) as Pierre Bergé, his mutual business and life partner. (Olga Kurylenko has also begun to look into a role, if sources are to be believed.) Our woman at hand will appear as the real-life, very-French-sounding Loulou de la Falaise, herself a designer who, today, is best-known for inspiring the design of Laurent’s female-oriented tuxedo, Le Smoking, along with his line of see-through blouses.

All of which sounds nice, by my count; knowing what Bonello did with the seemingly simple setting of a 1900s brothel, the story of a noted fashion figure feels ready to be conformed into something far more different and, thus, much more captivating. There hasn’t been any notice of when shooting is to begin, though a stocked-up cast means things can’t be too far off. Fingers crossed.

There’s a little more when it comes to Seydoux. Over at SentieriSelvaggi (via ThePlaylist), a poster / picture has emerged for/ from Secret of the Grain director Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue is the Warmest Color (formerly known as Blue is a Hot Color), which features her and Adele Exarchopoulos as star-crossed lovers. Based on Julie Maroh‘s graphic novel, Blue, the picture stars the latter as “a teenage girl who unexpectedly falls in love with another woman and faces her parents’ and friends’ judgment.”

Both can be seen below:

How do you feel about Seydoux and Bonello working together? Does either the photo or poster relating to Blue catch your attention?

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