Just before the European Film Market kicks into full swing, A24 has acquired North American rights to Claire Denis‘ next feature, “The Stars at Noon.” The film will be headed by lead stars Robert Pattinson (“The Lighthouse”) and Margaret Qualley (“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”).

According to a Deadline exclusive, the story is a spy thriller and romance set in 1984, during the Nicaraguan Revolution. Pattinson will play an English businessman and Qualley will star as an American journalist who step into a romance amid conspiracies and turmoil. Events will test their loyalties and trust with only each other to turn to.

Denis’ film is an adaptation of a novel by Denis Johnson. She is also writing the script alongside Lea Mysius and Andrew Litvack. International sales for the project will be handled at the EFM by Wild Bunch. Curiosa Films will oversee production, with plans to begin shooting later this year. CAA Finance brokered the domestic deal, with a theatrical rollout in mind.

Pattinson in Claire Denis’ “High Life” for A24

Denis’, a French filmmaker, has helmed titles such as “Beau travail,” “Nenette and Boni,” and “White Material.” Her films “Let the Sunshine In,” “Bastards” and “Chocolat” have all competed in the past at Cannes.

Pattinson, who collaborated with Denis on “High Life,” is currently filming Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” for Warner Bros. He recently starred in Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” opposite Willem Dafoe and will be seen again this year, once Christopher Nolan’s hotly awaited “Tenet” hits theaters.

Qualley was last seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar nominated “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” as well as “Seberg.” Her latest film is this year’s “My Salinger Year,” from Philippe Falardeau, which is slated as the Berlinale Film Festival opener title. She also stars in “A Head Full of Ghosts.”

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