Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts have signed on to star in 'French Exit', a surrealist comedy directed by Azazel Jacobs.
'French Exit' will be presented at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and is based on the internationally bestselling book of the same name by Patrick deWitt - who has also adapted the book for the screens. DeWitt has also written 'The Sisters Brothers', which was recently adapted into a film with John C Reily, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The movie follows a 60-year-old penniless socialite from Manhattan, Frances Price, played by the indomitable Pfeiffer. Price's husband Franklin has been dead for 20 years, and her plan to die before her money runs out didn't work out as she had hoped.
With her husband's vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight years (or days) in a modest apartment in Paris with her son Malcolm (played by Lucas Hedges), who is directionless, and the embodiment of her husband in the form of a their family cat 'Small Frank', voiced by Letts.
Three-time Oscar nominee Pfeiffer, recently starred in Disney/Marvel's 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Murder on the Orient Express', as well as 'Avengers: Endgame'. She will be next seen alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'.
Thorsten Schumacher (via the Rocket Science label) is financing and producing the film along with Elevation Pictures. Rocket Science and Wild Bunch are set to handle international sales, beginning in Cannes. CAA Media Finance is representing U.S. rights.
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