James Gray Working with Joaquin Phoenix Again for 'Low Life' Drama
You would think that after his film Two Lovers was overshadowed by star Joaquin Phoenix and his faux mid-life crisis and rap career for the mockumentary I'm Still Here, director James Gray wouldn't be too keen on working with the actor again. However, apparently there's no hard feelings between the two as Deadline reports the filmmaker is quickly putting together a new project called Low Life with Phoenix taking a role in the film. In addition, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner are also involved in the period drama about a woman who's dream of immigrating to America from Poland becomes a nightmare.
On her journey across the sea to Ellis Island, Cotillard is forced to trade sexual favors for medicine in order to keep her sister, who grows deathly ill during the sail, from dying. Upon arrival in America, her immigration papers label her as a woman with bad morals, and she finds herself persuaded by a New York sleazebag (Phoenix) to become a prostitute. Renner would play the sleazebag's cousin, a magician who might be her best chance to escape the pitiful life that is far from the American dream she once envisioned. Honestly, I can't believe Gray is considering working with Phoenix again, but after collaborating on The Yards, We Own the Night and Two Lovers, I guess bridges aren't so easy to burn. The project is said to be coming together fairly quickly, so stay tuned. Interested?