Annette: Musical Drama, Starring Adam Driver and Rihanna, Leos Carax English Debut

Amazon Studios has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Annette, a musical drama to be directed by cult French figure Leos Carax, starring Adam Driver and Rihanna.

Rooney Mara was previously attached, but had to leave the project due to other commitments. The producers are now looking for another female lead

The film marks Carax’s English-language debut.
The script was written by and features original songs by Sparks, the rock band founded in 1971 by Ron and Russell Mael.
Amazon won three Oscars for “Manchester by the Sea and “The Salesman.”
Its upcoming slate includes “The Big Sick,” a comedy with Kumail Nanjiani; Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York”; the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip”; and “Wonderstruck,” a Todd Haynes film with  Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.
Shooting on “Annette” will begin this spring in several locations, including Los Angeles.
Carax’s credits include “Boy Meet Girl,” “Bad Blood,” “Les Amants du Pont Neuf,” and “Holy Motors.”

Driver is ending his run on HBO’s “Girls” and will appear in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

He previously starred in “Paterson,” an acclaimed Jim Jarmusch drama that Amazon also released.