Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who picked up awards at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival, will reportedly direct Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in his next film, a Spanish-language psychological thriller, according to a Variety report. The Agatha Christie-style script reportedly revolves around a family of winemakers settled in rural Spain.
The film will be produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo and Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Memento Films.
Farhadi’s last film The Salesman won two awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, which concluded last week. He rose to international fame with the 2011 drama A Separation, which won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.
Reportedly, Cruz had previously expressed an interest in acting in Farhadi’s film. Interestingly, the director doesn’t speak Spanish. However, language seems to raise no barriers for the director, who has also made a French-language film before, The Past, about an Iranian couple settled in Paris.
Cruz and Bardem, who are married in real life, have co-starred in Woody Allen’s renowned romantic drama Vicky Christina Barcelona.