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Weinsteins Pick Up James Gray’s Next Drama Starring Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

Written by on June 15, 2012 

The Weinstein Company has had their eyes on James Gray’s Low Life since it premiered at Cannes last month, and now they’re making a move. Deadline reported that TWC is in the process of acquiring U.S. rights to the period drama, making it Gray’s second film to find distribution through the company.

The deal could mean big changes for the film, mainly the loss of its title – it even says Untitled James Gray Project on IMDB. We’ve called it Low Life since images first surfaced back in January, but I guess that will have to change for a while.

Gray wrote and directed Film Formerly Known As Low Life, which was recently completed in New York. Set during the 1920s, it stars Marion Cotillard as Sonya, a Polish immigrant who turns to prostitution during her voyage to America in order to buy food and medicine for her ill sister. Upon landing, she’s tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville by a predatory sleaze named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix). Jeremy Renner plays Bruno’s cousin, Orlando, a magician who tries to save Sonya and reunite her with her sister who is being held on Ellis Island.

TWC will release the film sometime next year.

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