The ridiculous trend of foreign language films getting English-language remakes immediately after they leave theaters marches on. This time around we’ve got Brian De Palma looking to remake the French film Crime d’amour, which just opened in U.S. theaters in September. The original film is a sort of psychological thriller in which a high-powered executive played by Kristin Scott Thomas takes on a young assistant, played by Ludivine Sagnier, so that she can toy with and corrupt her. A turn happens, however, when Thomas’s character overestimates the Sagnier character’s innocence and naiveté, and eventually the student becomes the master of manipulation. I haven’t seen it, but it sounds kind of sexy.
De Palma is taking the film, which was released in the U.S. as Love Crime, and remaking it as Passion. And according to a report from Indiewire, he’s got his two lead actresses in mind. Apparently he’s looking to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows co-stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams to fill the roles, and is currently in negotiations to sign them up.
While I like both Rapace and McAdams as actresses quite a bit, these choices look pretty weird to me. By my calculations there is a 19-year age difference between the stars of the original film, which sets up a believable teacher/student dynamic, but Rapace and McAdams are pretty much the same age, with Rapace only being a year younger than McAdams.
Which actress does he have in mind for which role, and why wouldn’t he be looking at someone older to play the role of the manipulative, experienced boss? Is this a case of Hollywood ridiculousness, where the only people who have a place on screen are the young and beautiful, or will he be making some fundamental changes to the story that make it necessary to get two actresses of the same age? It looks like we have a mystery on our hands.