Julianne Moore has been set to star alongside Ken Watanabe and Demian Bichir in Bel Canto, the long-in-the-works movie adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestselling 2001 novel that Paul Weitz is directing. Weitz also adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub, and Bloom will kick off sales on the pic at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. WME Global is repping U.S. rights.
Bel Canto will follow the plotlines of Patchett’s 2001 novel, based on actual events in Peru in the mid-1990s. 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 monthlong standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity in the face of impending disaster.
Caroline Baron and Weintraub are producing via their A-Line Pictures alongside Weitz and Andrew Miano and their Depth of Field. Baron and Weitz are teamed together on the Amazon series Mozart In The Jungle, which won the Golden Globe.
Bloom’s slate includes Scott Cooper’s Hostiles; The Outsider starring Jared Leto; Danny Strong’s Rebel In The Rye; and George Clooney’s Suburbicon, which also stars Moore.
Oscar winner Moore, next up in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, is repped by CAA, United Agents and Management 360. Watanabe, repped by WME, Roar and K Das, can next be seen in Transformers: The Last Knight. Bichir just wrapped Ridley Scott’s Aliens: Covenant and is with CAA.