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Isabella Rossellini has joined Pierce Brosnan in Across the River and Into the Trees, the film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel to be directed by Martin Campbell.
Maria Valverde also has signed on to the project, which sees AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, coming on board to handle international sales as it is introduced at the ongoing AFM.
BAFTA winner Peter Flannery wrote the script, which tells the story of an American officer (Brosnan) serving in Italy right after World War II who faces news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend a weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate a simple duck-hunting trip and a visit to his old haunts in Venice. As his plans unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal.
Valverde will portray the countess. Rossellini will play the countess’ mother, the formidable dowager Contessa Contorini.
Robert K. MacLean, John Smallcombe and Kristen Roegner are producing the project, which is looking to go before cameras in January on location in Venice and Trieste. Executive producing are William J. Immerman, Krista Wegener and AMBI principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.
Rossellini’s last big-screen outing was in Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence. Spanish actress Valverde appeared in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings and has The Limehouse Golem, with Olivia Cooke and Bill Nighy, in the can.
Rossellini is repped by APA and Art/Work Entertainment. Valverde is repped by Garay Talent and Tavistock Wood.
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