Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis Join Lasse Hallström's Next
This is some interesting casting. The Playlist found a new quote from Johnny Depp (at BangShowbiz) where he talks about a new project he's involved in with Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström (who last directed Dear John as well as Chocolat, An Unfinished Life, and many other films). Apparently Hallström has cast Depp and his real life girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, who last starred in a French comedy called L'arnacoeur (or Heartbreaker in English), in his new film called My American Lover, about the story of French feminist philosopher, writer and theorist Simone de Beauvoir and American novelist Nelson Algren.
"It's called My American Lover," Depp said. "Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho." The Playlist thinks this is an adaptation of de Beauvoir's book "A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren," which is a collection of correspondences sent in the late 1940s. The two popular individuals held a transatlantic love affair and later traveled together throughout Latin America in 1949. Hallström is next supposed to direct the sex-change feature The Danish Girl starring Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow and will most likely start on My American Lover after.
I don't know enough (or anything at all) about the love story between de Beauvoir and Algren, so it's hard to comment on this, but I'm always up for seeing Johnny Depp in just about anything. And I'm glad to see him doing more of a drama this time, since he's in so many big movies coming up (Pirates 4, The Tourist, Dark Shadows). We'll let you know if we hear anything about this or any of Depp's upcoming films. Thoughts?