After releasing his first English-language film overall in The Human Voice, starring Tilda Swinton, in February of last year, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is set to direct his first-ever English-language feature film with A Manual for Cleaning Women, an adaptation of Lucia Berlin‘s short story collection of the same name, telling 43 stories about different women demanding jobs.
Variety has reported that the film will be led by Cate Blanchett, who has officially signed on to star in the film. The project is said to be in the early stages of development, with Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films acting as producer, with New Republic Pictures in association with El Deseo. Andrew Upton and Coco Francini are also joining Blanchett in producing the movie for Dirty Films, while Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer are producing for New Republic Pictures with Almodóvar.
While no other details are currently known for the movie, this is certainly an exciting venue for Almodóvar to take, after the success of The Human Voice and his latest film, Parallel Mothers. Only time will tell if this adaptation of Berlin’s collection will indeed be a major Awards contender.