Julianne Moore to Headline Paul Weitz’s ‘Bel Canto’ Adaptation

Julianne Moore

Is it too early to add names to the 2018 Oscar race? Deadline announced that Julianne Moore will play an opera-singer-turned-hostage in Paul Weitz‘s “Bel Canto” adaptation. Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub, and will handle directing duties as well.

Moore will star alongside Ken Watanabe and Demian Bichir. The film is an adaptation of the 2001 novel by Ann Patchett. Per Deadline, the synopsis is as follows:

In the pic, Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa (Watanabe). The house is taken over by guerrillas, led by General Benjamin (Bichir), demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. A month-long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity in the face of impending disaster.

“Bel Canto” is currently seeking distribution at Toronto International Film Festival. Caroline Baron, Weintraub, Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing.

Moore has Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” up next. The film, slated for a 2017 release, also stars Michelle Williams. She also has George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” which features a script by the Coen brothers. Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin also star. In addition, Moore is currently filming “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Still Alice.”

Weitz is best known for his film “About a Boy.” He also writes, directs and produces for Amazon’s critical darling, “Mozart in the Jungle.” Weitz was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “About a Boy.”

There is no release date yet for “Bel Canto.” Stay tuned for updates on the film.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.


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