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Dakota Johnson Makes “A Bigger Splash” Than Margot Robbie; Guadagnino Finally Starts Lensing

He slayed international auds with I Am Love, and now it would appear that Luca Guadagnino is finally moving back into feature films (docs and shorts preoccupied his output during this time) with A Bigger Splash. Joining the set troop of Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes is Dakota Johnson, who obviously brings some sales wattage to the project due to not her bit part beginnings a la For Ellen, but because of her Fifty Shades of Grey office girl. The actress will take over the seductress role that would have been assigned to Margot Robbie // technically the part that Jane Birkin played in the original 1969 Jacques Deray film. Shooting starts next month in Italy.

Gist: Written by David Kajganich and based on the 1969 title La Piscine, the story revolves around an uneasy triangle that forms between a couple and a younger woman during the couple’s vacation, leading to a sinister end.

Worth Noting: Johnson will next to be seen in Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline – which received an invite for the Venice Film Festival.

Do We Care?: I Am Love was sublime. We are expecting much of the same.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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