EXCLUSIVE: In her second recent teaming with an Italian director, Jane Fonda has boarded Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino‘s men-reflecting-on-life tale, Youth. I’m told Fonda has a key role in the English-language film that starts shooting at the end of the month. This marks a reunion for the actress and the previously announced Michael Caine: The duo appeared in 1978 comedy classic California Suite, and Otto Preminger’s 1967 Hurry Sundown. Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano are also among the main Youth cast, Pathé International said today. The company kicks off sales in Cannes next week. Sorrentino won the Foreign Language Oscar for The Great Beauty earlier this year and with Youth (aka La Giovinezza) is making a second foray into working with Hollywood stars after 2011′s Sean Penn-starrer This Must Be The Place.
Sorrentino penned the screenplay for Youth which centers on Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching 80, who are on vacation together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is retired, but film director Mick is still working. The friends contemplate their children’s lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests as they face their future. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of returning to music. But someone wants at all costs to hear his compositions and to see him conduct again. Who’s playing who is being kept close to the vest.
The CAA-repped Fonda is in Gabriele Muccino’s currently filming Fathers And Daughters with Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, and Shawn Levy’s upcoming This Is Where I Leave You. She’s also co-starring in and exec producing the Netflix half-hour comedy Grace & Frankie.
This Must Be The Place and Great Beauty producers Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima are producing Youth with Carlotta Calori. Bis Films, Pathé, C-Films and Number 9 Films are co-producing. Pathé has French distribution and Medusa has Italy. The film is expected for May next year, just in time for Cannes.