In its very brief time, we’ve known (and referred to) Pedro Almodóvar‘s next film as The Brief Lovers. A good title, in my view, but not good enough for the Spaniard, as Jeff Sneider tweeted its new title: Standby Lovers. And so it shall be known as that henceforth.
Anyway, ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) reports that a quartet of new talent have come aboard, with Almodóvar veterans Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Lola Dueñas (Volver) having been cast alongside Carlos Areces (Extraterrestrial) and Raúl Arévalo. Who they’ll be playing (or the extent of their roles) can’t be divulged right now, but I’ll take the following bit of news over those kinds of details any day.
As the helmer’s producer and brother, Agustin Almodóvar, told the outlet, Standby Lovers is a “pure comedy” that goes alone these lines:
“It will be a about a group of people who are on the verge of a disaster. It will be very fresh and brazen. Very much like the films that we did back in the ’80s.”
(The dark nature of his last two films, Broken Embraces and The Skin I Live In, was cited as a major incentive behind this return to old territory — for whatever that information may be worth.)
Oh, and now there’s this rumor that it all takes place inside a plane? It definitely gives the two titles some further context, while also adding a little weight to the “disaster” angle mentioned in passing. But a comedy done under that context is, needless to say, unexpected.
Wait… don’t tell me Pedro Almodóvar is remaking Airplane!
What do you make of this new title and fleshed-out cast?
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