August 23, 2005

French actress joins Crowe in ‘Good Year’

By Shiraz Sidhva

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - French actress Marion
Cotillard, best known for her role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "A
Very Long Engagement," will star opposite Russell Crowe in the
French romance "A Good Year."

The film is about failed London banker Max Skinner, played
by Crowe, who moves to Provence to tend a vineyard he inherited
from his uncle, played by Albert Finney. There he encounters
Cotillard's character, a beautiful California woman who says
she is a long-lost cousin and lays claim to the property. Aaron
Eckhart and French actor Didier Bourdon also star. The story is
based on the novel by Peter Mayle.

Director Ridley Scott is set to begin shooting the Fox
project Monday in Provence's Luberon region, where Mayle -- a
former colleague of Scott's from the London advertising world
-- lives and based another book, his best-selling memoir "A
Year in Provence."

Cotillard, whose credits also include Tim Burton's "A Good
Year," appears in Abel Ferrara's "Mary," set to hit the
Venice-Deauville-Toronto circuit next month. She has also
signed to play the lead in "La Vie en Rose," based on the life
of singer Edith Piaf. It begins shooting in Paris in December.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter