Since 2011, Asghar Farhadi has been on a roll. This year “The Salesman,” based on Arthur Miller’s iconic “Death of A Salesman” play, took home both Actor (Shahab Hosseini) and Screenplay awards at Cannes. His 2011 film, “A Seperation” was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, and is widely considered one of best films of the last five years (even IMDB‘s flawed ratings have it the 6th Best film since it’s release date). Finally, his followup, “The Past,” won Bérénice Bejo the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2013.
However, audiences are likely in for a treat with his next film. Variety is reporting that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are now in talks to join the Spanish language debut for Farhadi. The film will be produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar, along with Alexandre Mallet-Guy. The film appears to be a psychological thriller that revolves around a family of wine makes in Spain.
According to Mallet-Guy, Cruz had expressed interest in working with Farhadi, and the feeling seems to have been reciprocated. Farhadi had apparently been interested in filming this film last October, but chose to film “The Salesman” first.
Cruz and Bardem have been married since 2010, and have already proven their ability to work together with Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Cruz ended up taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role, and Bardem picked up a Globe nomination for his performance as well. Bardem also took home an Oscar in 2008 for No Country for Old Men. The two have combined to receive six Oscar nominations, and two Oscar wins.
There are still some things to complete before the film goes into production, such as complete the script and find shooting locations in Spain. The cast will also add an American actor, so keep an eye out for more updates in the future. With the talent already involved, this will be a film to watch for in 2017 or 2018. We’ll update you as we hear more news!