Talk about an exciting pairing of young and highly promising actors! Variety reports that French rising stars Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Midnight in Paris) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) will star in writer/director Rebecca Zlotowski’s contemporary romantic drama Grand Central.
Rahim, who gave a fantastic performance in Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, is set to take on the role of a young man addicted to danger, who becomes a worker at a French nuclear facility and subsequently is exposed to deadly radiation levels. Seydoux will play a colleague with whom he has a passionate and forbidden affair with.
This isn’t the first time Zlotowski and Seydoux are working together. Seydoux starred in Belle Epine, Zlotowski’s first feature film. The director told Variety that she started writing the script before the Fukushima disaster and wanted to tell “an intense love story, set in the daunting world of nuclear nomads (who go from one plant to the next), because of its visual and dramatic appeal.”
Seydoux will next be seen in Benoit Jacquot’s Marie Antoinette film Farewell, My Queen, which opens at Berlin. Rahim, who recently starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, just wrapped Joachim Lafosse’s Loving Without Reason. Production for Grand Central is expected to start this summer in France and Vienna, Austria.
What do you think? Excited about this pairing?