French director, Claire Denis (Chocolat, Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day) is preparing her first English language feature, High Life, while also breaking into science fiction with a very interesting premise — as well as her reason for the language change.
I had a screenplay which was naturally in English, because the story takes place in space and, I don’t know why, but for me, people speak English — or Russian or Chinese — but definitely not French in space.”
Mmm-kay. Moving right along, the story follows a group of criminals sent on a space mission toward a black hole in search of alternative energy; a serivce quest they believe will end with their freedom. In actuality, they’re being secretly studied, and sexual experiments are being conducted on them …
… yeah, that took a turn (and I like it). Also, if there’s no dope in space, can anyone hear you … cough?
Though Denis conceived her story with Philip Seymour Hoffman in mind, after his untimely death she brought in Robert Pattinson (who was very interested in the project). He’ll costar alongside Juliette Binoche and Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Everest).
André Benjamin aka André 3000, Clair Tran (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Lucy), Lars Eidinger (Babylon Berlin, Sense8, Personal Shopper), Gloria Obianyo (Good Omens) and Agata Buzek (The Innocents, Redemption) also star, and with that eclectic cast behind Denis’ creepy storyline — IN SPACE (with physicist, Aurélien Barrau, and artist, Olafur Eliasson having designed the ship) — I’m all in.
High Life is expected out later this year.