Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams is looking to join Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast of Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino’s next film. Originally titled Rio, Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name follow-up is now being referred to as Let It Fall Back.
Set in Rio de Janeiro, Let It Fall Back is set to star Gyllenhaal as a financial reporter who travels to Brazil to visit his wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), and becomes drawn into a plan to fake his friend’s death. Eastern Promises and Allied writer Steven Knight handled the script. Studiocanal is producing along with Adam Ackland, Riva Marker, Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch.
With Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch already in place, Tracking Board is reporting that Studiocanal hopes to add even more star power by attracting Williams. Specifics about Williams’ role are being kept under wraps. The actress can next be seen as Gail Harris, the mother of kidnap victim John Paul Getty III, in Ridley Scott’s All the Money In the World. Williams has been recalled by Scott to participate in reshoots after the decision to cut Kevin Spacey from All the Money In the World amid the actor’s sexual misconduct scandal and re-do all his scenes with Christopher Plummer. Williams is also set to play the female lead opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s Venom.
Should Williams join the cast of Let It Fall Back, it would mark a reunion for her and Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred with Williams and her late partner Heath Ledger in the groundbreaking western Brokeback Mountain. Williams received her first of four career Oscar nominations for Brokeback, garnering more Oscar love later for her turns in Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn, and Manchester By the Sea (she has yet to win the gold however). Gyllenhaal also received his first career Oscar nom for Brokeback, but has yet to follow it up with another nomination, though he’s considered to have a shot this year after his performance as a disabled Boston Marathon bombing victim in David Gordon Green’s Stronger. Gyllenhaal is unlikely to receive an Oscar nomination for his bizarre turn as zoologist and TV show host Johnny Wilcox in Okja.
Gyllenhaal’s Let It Fall Back co-star Cumberbatch has himself been nominated for an Oscar, having received a Best Actor nod for his performance as Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game (though he lost to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything). Cumberbatch was set to possibly be a player in this year’s awards season for his performance as Thomas Edison in The Current War, but the Weinstein Company movie was pushed back to 2018 to protect it from being hit with shrapnel during the on-going Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Acclaimed director Luca Guadagnino’s current film Call Me By Your Name stars breakout actor Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in a James Ivory-written story about the romance between a teenage boy and his father’s adult research assistant in 1980s Italy. Guadagnino also recently completed the horror film Suspiria with Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. The director promises that his Suspiria isn’t a really re-make of the original Dario Argento film, a much-beloved classic among horror movie aficionados, but will be completely different from Argento’s take.
Source: Tracking Board
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