Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones will make her film debut in the first English-language film by acclaimed Hong Kong art-house director Wong Kar-wai, a film industry consultant said.
[b]Wong was originally scheduled to shoot “Lady from Shanghai,” featuring Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, but has delayed the project until 2007 because they have not found a strong male lead actor, a film industry consultant attending the ongoing Berlin Film Festival told The Associated Press by phone.[/b]
Details of the new movie weren’t immediately available, but the official, who declined to be further identified, said it won’t revolve around the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the U.S. as reported earlier. It also won’t be filmed in New York doubling as New Orleans.
The consultant spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid identifying his relationship with Wong and because the project hasn’t been officially announced. “The only cast member that is confirmed … is Norah Jones,” the consultant said at the weekend.
The consultant also said the movie’s earlier reported US$50 million (euro42 million) budget is incorrect, but didn’t provide an accurate budget figure. It wasn’t clear if Jones will contribute to the music in the movie. Jones, 26, rose to fame with the success of her debut album “Come Away With Me,” which won eight Grammys. She is the daughter of Indian musician Ravi Shankar.
Wong is known for his subtle and beautifully shot movies like “In the Mood for Love,” “Happy Together” and “2046.” His films also feature melancholy soundtracks. Wong won best director at Cannes for “Happy Together,” a gay love story. Jones’ management company didn’t immediately return a reporter’s call seeking comment.