Posted by Kevin Hunter
Michelle Pfeiffer, who I’ve known for over 20 years and worked with at her production company in the late mid to late 1990’s, has been busy all year filming four back to back projects. All of that stuff will be coming out in 2017 and it could garner her some award attention. First up is a little independent film called “Where is Kyra?”, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.
Sundance who chose the picture for the festival says, “Michelle Pfeiffer plays a very different character with her, gritty, down and dirty, something you never seen her doing before, and it’s beautifully cinematic.”
The movie surrounds, “Mild-mannered, sheltered Kyra, played with intensity by Michelle Pfeiffer, begins to spiral after the death of her mother. Long out of work, the deep-in-debt Kyra struggles to support herself. As she becomes increasingly desperate and isolated, longing for her mother, she launches a cryptic, last-ditch scheme to keep from being evicted. She also finds solace in another lonely soul, Doug (Kiefer Sutherland), from whom she initially tries to hide her plight, but Kyra slowly ropes him into her deception.”
Michelle transforms physically in a piece she filmed with Robert DeNiro for HBO called, “Wizard of Lies”. It’s based on the true story of Bernard and Ruth Madoff. Bernie Madoff is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Alessandro Nivola, who I worked with on the Julia Stiles picture “Carolina”, plays their son Mark Madoff. This is the fourth time Michelle has worked with Robert DeNiro, as they both starred in “Stardust”, “New Year’s Eve”, and “The Family”. It will likely be aired around May 2017, just as we kick off the Summer.
She has also wrapped up a bigger film called, “Mother”, for Paramount Studios with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem for Director Darren Aronofsky who gave us “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Wrestler”, “Black Swan”, “Noah”, and “The Fighter.” The film is a thriller surrounding a couple who seems to have the perfect relationship until unexpected guests arrive shifting everything. The release date is looking to be December 29, 2017.
And that’s not all!
Michelle is currently filming, “Murder on the Orient Express”, with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench. She stepped in as the understudy for Angelina Jolie who dropped out of the Murder film during pre-production due to the rough personal time she’s going through with the dissolve of her marriage. Ironically, Angelina had stepped in for Michelle for “Original Sin” a film I worked on back in 2000, which was produced by Michelle Pfeiffer’s company and originally called, “Dancing in the Dark”, based on the novel of the same name, “Waltz Into Darkness”.
This is the second time Michelle has worked with Johnny Depp. They both starred in Tim Burton’s, “Dark Shadows” in 2012. Although “Murder on the Orient Express” is currently filming, the release date is aimed for November 22, 2017.
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