Melissa Barrera, Rossy de Palma to star in Benjamin Millepied's film based on the classic opera.

By Joey Nolfi
November 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM EST
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Benjamin Millepied's Carmen movie adaptation is adding some Normal People to the mix.

EW has confirmed Emmy-nominated actor Paul Mescal has joined the filmmaker's feature directorial debut, an adaptation of the beloved opera also starring Vida's Melissa Barrera in the titular role and Spanish icon Rossy de Palma in a supporting role.

Millepied — a renowned dancer with behind-the-scenes credits choreographing wife Natalie Portman's films Vox Lux and Black Swan — will begin shooting the film in Australia in January.

Paul Mescal
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Mescal boards the tragic romance in the male lead of Aidan opposite Barrera's Carmen. Written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. (Birdman), the film is billed as a total re-imagining of the classic work, with an entirely original score from Moonlight's Nicholas Britell, including nine new songs composed with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas as well as Academy Award nominee Taura Stinson (Mudbound).

"I feel so lucky to have actors as extraordinary as Melissa, Paul, and Rossy with me on this film. Melissa is so intelligent and intuitive, both as an actor and as a mover. I know she will bring depths to Carmen I could not even imagine," Millepied said in a press statement. "Paul has so much nuance and consideration in his work. I am thrilled to have them both bring this romance to life. And Rossy brings so much idiosyncrasy and humanity to each of her roles, we are truly blessed to have her inhabit the role of Masilda."

Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film in North America, though a release date has yet to be announced.

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