Jacques Audiard, the French filmmaker behind A Prophet and Rust and Bone, has announced his first English-language film, a western set to star John C. Reilly.
Speaking on radio station RTL whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Audiard’s latest film, Dheepan, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, but has no official release date for the US or UK, though expect to see it sometime in 2016. John C. Reilly can next be seen in acclaimed film The Lobster, out this autumn.