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Luca's Body

JA from MNPP here. You know it's an excellent bit of movie news when you can fill in the BLANK in the sentence "I'd been desperately waiting to hear what BLANK was going to do next" with at least five different names involved in said bit of movie news. So... this is an excellent piece of movie news. Variety is reporting that the director of the Tilda-fetish-object I Am Love Luca Guadagnino (first name) is turning Don Delillo's book (second name) The Body Artist into a movie that will star Isabelle Huppert (third name), Denis Lavant (fourth name) and... David Cronenberg (numero cinco). The book was adapted by Guadagnino, and the movie will be called Body Art.

A couple of weird cinephile overlaps to appreciate here - Cronenberg just adapted a Delillo book (and quite well if you ask me) last year with Cosmopolis, which was about a man riding around in a white limosuine and encountering lots of people over the course of a single day, which was also the plot of Holy Motors (though to much different effect), which of course starred... Denis Lavant. And Isabelle Huppert... is Isabelle Huppert. Nuff said. If this will top my favorite David Cronenberg performance (that would be as the doctor who gets impaled upon a giant steel rod in Jason X) we'll have to wait and see.

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I am beyond excited to read about this one. I really really love that book. I understand some people think it's "difficult" but it really got to me. And lord knows the team assembled is promising if you're adapting tricky material.

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I meant to ask about the book - I haven't read it. I'll add it to the pile, then!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJA

this is beyond exciting! Since the story is set in NY i'm assuming it is going to be in English, no? Or we don't know yet? Not that it matters...

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

I'm only vaguely interested in Huppert because Chastain speaks her name.

I'm currently high on Julie Christie.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Apparently Sigourney Weaver has a part in this too, so do add a fifth name to the list! Whenever I've thought about who I would like to see go up against Huppert, I've never thought of Weaver. The more I think about it, the more I love it. Can't wait for this film.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

OH MY GOD SIGOURNEY! Seriously??? Whee!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Yes Sigourney Weaver is in the film, she and Huppert went to the Dior Haute Couture show last week together becuase the costumes for Body Art will be designed by designer Raf Simons who created Swinton's wardrobe in I Am Love. Here is the youtube link, she appears at 0.20 onwards:

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

I've been desperately waiting on Katie Jarvis. Yeah, desperate hope on a snowball's chance in the Sahara. (atheist)

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

i dont remember this many characters in the novel!

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Kill me now because I am gonna DIE waiting for this GENIUS to reach my eyes and ears. Huppert doing The Body Artist is one of my most cherished actress/literature fantasies - I can barely believe this news is real! Guadagnino seems like a good fit for the material too. Weaver. Cronenberg. Lavant. This has officially become the film I am most excited about anywhere in the world.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally W

"i dont remember this many characters in the novel!"

I know! I'm betting Cronenberg plays the husband: small, but obviously significant role.

Huppert is older than the character in the novel, but she's a perfect choice for dealing with the psychological dimensions at play here.

Levant is likely the...mysterious stranger (keeping it vague).

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJM

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