UPDATE: A previous version of this story indicated Rihanna would star in the film. EW has confirmed the pop star does not have a role in the planned production.
EARLIER: North American moviegoers will soon be treated to the sweet sounds of Leos Carax’s latest music-driven drama.
EW can confirm Amazon Studios has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for Annette, which stars Adam Driver (Girls) and Rooney Mara (Carol) in a tale revolving around a widower stand-up comedian whose 2-year-old daughter harbors a surprising talent.
Annette also marks Carax’s English-language debut after rising to prominence as a cult auteur on the international scene with films like Pola X, Boy Meets Girl, The Lovers on the Bridge, and a segment in the 2008 anthology Tokyo!
Variety reports Carax’s new project will use original songs by the art-rock band Sparks, formed by Ron and Russell Mael in 1971.
Driver is currently starring on the last season of HBO’s Girls, while Mara has endured a busy year on the festival circuit thus far; Her David Lowery-directed drama A Ghost Story premiered at Sundance in January, followed by Terrence Malick’s Song to Song — in which she stars alongside Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Michael Fassbender — at SXSW last Friday. She will next reunite with her Lion director Garth Davis for the Mary Magdalene biopic later this year.
Principal photography for Annette is scheduled to begin this spring, with Bruno Pesery and his Paris-based label Arena Films producing. Switzerland’s Vega, Japan’s Eurospace, and Belgium’s Wrong Men will co-produce.