Paolo Sorrentino To Shoot New Film In May Starring Michael Caine

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Fresh off an Academy Awards win for Best Foreign Language Film for The Great Beauty, Variety is reporting that Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has lined up his next project and star.

The project, entitled In the Future, is described as “an intimate drama about the friendship between two old people.” One of those people will be actor Michael Caine, marking his first cinematic outing with Sorrentino, and only the second time the Italian director has made a film outside his home country after his 2011 film This Must Be the Place starring Sean Penn. No word on whether the second old person will be Toni Servillo, Sorrentino’s longtime collaborator and the star of his Oscar winning film. The new film begins shooting in May and will get a planned late 2014 release in Italy.

The new film will also allegedly be a “fresh start” and a ”small, intimate film” as opposed to the broad, panoptic splendor of The Great Beauty. It’s a diametric tendency that Sorrentino hinted at in my interview with him last year (please check that out here if you haven’t already).

Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the Criterion release of The Great Beauty when it drops later this month on the 25th.