Malkovich, Lilly, Duris prep for 'Afterwards'


TORONTO -- John Malkovich, Evangeline Lilly and Romain Duris have joined the cast of French helmer Gilles Bourdos' supernatural thriller "Afterwards," the film's producers said Friday.

A co-production of France's Fidelite Films and Canada's Christal Film Prods., "Afterwards" will shoot in New York and Montreal during 45 days beginning June 4.

The screenplay, from Bourdos ("Inquietudes") and Michel Spinosa, is based on the Guillaume Musso novel "Et apres ...."

In the feature, Duris will portray a workaholic lawyer drifting away from his ex-wife (Lilly) and daughter, who meets a mysterious doctor (Malkovich) who claims to have the power to predict people's deaths.

The project marks the feature film debut for Canadian-born Lilly. Also on board for "Afterwards" is Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin ("In the Mood for Love") and Montreal-based production designer Anne Pritchard. Producer credits go to Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc for Fidelite Films and Christian Larouche and Christian Gagne for Christal Films Prods.

Christal plans a 2008 Canadian theatrical release for the film.