For a long time it seemed as if you had to be called Erik Van Looy to get a remake in Hollywood. Now Veerle Baetens (44) also gets the honor. The thriller ‘Duelles’, in which she played the lead role, is being filmed in the States by two Oscar winners: Anne Hathaway (39) and Jessica Chastain (45).
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Erik Van Looy saw it happen after twenty years of patience with The Alzheimer’s Caseand did it himself in 2014 – somewhat less successfully – with loft† But longer than The loft and memory haven’t read the list of Hollywood remakes from here yet. Matthias Schoenaerts is in a high slide, next to Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah. But when another Belgian film would make the crossing, coffee grounds were a must.
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It’s coming sooner than expected, thanks to Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. The top actresses, each with an Academy Award on the mantelpiece, had their eye on duels† The thriller by director Olivier Masset-Depasse won nine Magrittes – the French-speaking Ensors – in 2018, including best film, director and actress. The latter went to lead actress Veerle Baetens. They also know her well in the US: with The broken circle breakdown and the short film Une soeur she made two bids for the Oscars. Her work in France has not gone unnoticed either.
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Playing the leading role again in the reworking of duels is unfortunately not included. That’s what Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain do. Chastain takes on the role that Baetens played. In addition to a character, the two also have a male opponent in common: Johan Heldenbergh. Baetens shone against him in The broken circle breakdownChastain shared the screen with him The zookeeper’s wife from 2017.
Chastain and Hathaway also serve as producers for Mother’s instinctlike duels will be called in America. The two Hollywood stars do bring Olivier Masset-Depasse on board as director. He is allowed, just like Van Looy with loftrework his own box office success a second time.
duels is a psychological thriller set in the early 1960s, and follows friends and neighbors Alice (Baetens/Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway). They both have a son of the same age, but after an accident there is tension and paranoia between the women.
The recordings of Mother’s instinct starting on May 25. Veerle Baetens’ directorial debut is in the works for us: she started filming Lize Spits bestseller last summer. It melts† Including Charlotte De Bruyne (the twelve), Sebastian Dewaele (Home-grown) and Olga Leyers are part of the cast. The theatrical release is scheduled for this fall.
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