Oscar winner Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants the Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine DeBarros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film. The romance is written by Oscar winner Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut, Darling, Two for the Road). CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz) encounter each other by chance on a plane, and relive memories of their turbulent romantic relationship. Kruger will play Kirsty Sachs, a talk show host who has an affair with Heller and changes the course of his whirlwind relationship with Parks. Here's what producer Mike Lobell had to say about the project in a brief statement.
"It feels like a minor miracle to finally bring this passion of mine to the screen and to put together this dream cast including the superbly talented Penélope Cruz and Diane Kruger who are the perfect actresses to bring these multi-layered characters to life. Combined with an extraordinary director to help realize Freddie's amazing script, there must be a movie God after all."
Nadine DeBarros and Robert Ogden Barnum also released the following joint statement.
"Frederic Raphael has written a mesmerizing script which closely examines a couple's rollercoaster relationship over the years which will be brilliantly brought to life by the talented filmmaker Isabel Coixet. We can't wait to introduce this hot title to buyers at EFM."