Coixet will put Kikuchi on the 'Map'
EmptyTwo years after "Babel" put her on the Hollywood map, Rinko Kikuchi soon could have a map of her own.
The Oscar nominee is in talks to star in "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," a dual-identity drama written and directed by Isabel Coixet.
Spanish shingle Mediapro is producing the film, a Japanese-set dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.
Coixet, a Spanish director known for her weighty dramas, directed the specialty release "Elegy," the Ben Kingsley- Penelope Cruz academia romance which sported a $17,000 per-screen average in limited release this weekend.
The CAA-repped Kikuchi has undertaken a number of supporting roles since being nominated for "Babel." She has parts in Rian Johnson's con-man movie "The Brothers Bloom," which Summit is releasing in the fall, and the Weinstein Co.'s wartime romance "Shanghai." (partialdiff)