First Look: Antonio Banderas in Jean-Jacques Annaud's 'Black Gold'
It's not much to see, but we finally have at least one solid photo of Antonio Banderas in one of my more increasingly anticipated films to see this year - Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold. It's another film about oil, but this time set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom and focused on an Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law. The cast also includes some other big names like Mark Strong, Freida Pinto and Un Prophete's Tahar Rahim. I've even heard it described as a bit like Lawrence of Arabia meets There Will Be Blood, and it definitely looks like it could be that good.
All they released were these three shots so that's all we have to look at. View them in high res on HeyUGuys.
These photos come from both HeyUGuys and The Playlist, as the shots were released by Warner Bros who's distributing in the UK. Unfortunately, it doesn't even have a US distributor, so no release date yet for all of us Stateside. Black Gold, originally titled Black Thirst, is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (of Quest for Fire, Seven Years in Tibet, Enemy at the Gates, Two Brothers) and shot on-location out in the Sahara. The script was written by Annaud & Menno Meyjes (Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, The Siege, The Passion Within) adapted from Hans Ruesch's Arab. If you want to see a bit more, Playlist has a behind-the-scenes video looking at the scope of the shoot. We'll keep you updated, as we expect to see this at Cannes in May.