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Michael Haneke Provides Update On 'Flashmob,' Says He's Waiting For A Certain Actress

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 20, 2014 11:26 AM
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We're now over two years since Michael Haneke took the Palme d'Or and won an Oscar for "Amour," and the director is taking his time getting back behind the camera. Earlier this year, it was reported that he was planning to shoot his next picture, "Flashmob," this summer. But it looks like those plans have shifted as the filmmaker seems to still be in the process of figuring out exactly how he wants to present his tale.

Haneke was recently in Copenhagen, where he gave a masterclass, and Montages reports the director stated "Flashmob" would likely not shoot this summer. Part of the reason is that he's apparently waiting for a certain, unnamed actress to take a role in the film ("I'm waiting in line," he said) and the other is that he's still not decided on the visual/tonal aesthetic he wants to use. In short, it seems all very early at the moment. "I too often say too much about the future of my projects, and I've never managed to keep my promises in advance," Haneke stated. It is a nice proverb that reads 'Do not sell the skin before the bear is shot'. "

And certainly, we can see why Haneke wants to ensure that all the elements are just so, as the premise for "Flashmob" is a bit different than his usual fare. The story will follow a group of characters who connect through the internet and are brought together by the titular event at the end, with the movie thematically exploring the relationship between media and reality. Interesting stuff for sure.

So, any guesses on who Haneke might be waiting for? And previous collaborators he wants to work with again? Hit up the comments section and let us know.

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11 Comments

  • Fery | June 29, 2014 11:43 AMReply

    Jessica Chastain people.

  • DG | June 23, 2014 1:10 PMReply

    Itsrobably not her but I'd love it if it were Lea Seydoux

  • AY | June 22, 2014 7:46 PMReply

    My guess is Jennifer Lawrence.

  • 1974 | June 22, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    My guess is Jessica Chastain. Apparently she dropped out of Secret Scripture, and Rooney Mara is taking that part.

  • Chic | June 22, 2014 3:32 AMReply

    Flashmobs suggest youth; the fact he's waiting in line suggests it's not anyone he's worked with before. My guess is Jennifer Lawrence. Could also be Mia Wasikowska or Rooney Mara?

  • Gautam | June 20, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    My guess is Naomi Watts. Considering major part of the film is set in US, he is surely looking at some Hollywood actress. He usually repeats his actors, and having worked with Watts earlier in "Funny Games" (the only prominent Hollywood actress he has worked with), he might be trying to rope her again. Watts will be shooting "Insurgent" during summer. So, that also explains his wait.

  • james | June 20, 2014 3:10 PMReply

    I'm guessing Marion Cotillard. Every filmmaker in their right mind wants to work with her.

    Also, this premise doesn't seem that far away from his previous work, he explored media in Benny's Video and Cache and has done the intersecting characters thing in 71 Fragments and Code Unknown.

  • nyguy | June 20, 2014 12:44 PMReply

    Meryl Streep would have the long line he's alluding to, not many with a long line. If younger could be Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica Chastain.

  • name | June 20, 2014 12:07 PMReply

    Melissa McCarthy?

  • RNL | June 20, 2014 1:50 PM

    You mean Jenny McCarthy.

  • Mads | June 20, 2014 11:53 AMReply

    My guess is Isabelle Huppert

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