According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dennis Hopper has signed to star in America, Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's adaptation of Susan Sontag's 2001 novel "In America." The French/Polish/Spanish co-production is being produced by Paolo Branco's Gemini Films, which is also selling the title.
Set in the late 19th century, the film stars Isabelle Huppert as Polish actress Maryna Zatezowska, who immigrates to the U.S. and travels to California to found a utopian commune. Hopper, who was in Cannes earlier in the festival, will play an impresario who revives the actress' career.
Helen Mirren also has joined the cast of America and Harvey Keitel is in talks for a role, Branco said. The picture, scripted by Frederic Raphael, is budgeted at ¿15 million ($19 million).