He’s been linked to a few films, but now James Gray (“Two Lovers,” “The Yards”) looks set to make “Low Life” his next project and has scored three stars to join him reports Deadline.
Marion Cotillard plays a woman attempting to immigrate from Poland. While sailing to Ellis Island, her sister grows deathly ill and she is forced to trade sexual favors for medicine and food to keep her sister alive.
Warned to keep quiet and laden with immigration papers that deem her a woman with bad morals, she falls prey to a charming sleazebag (Joaquin Phoenix), who persuades her to turn tricks in New York.
Jeremy Renner is close to signing on to play the sleazebag’s cousin, a magician who sweeps the young woman off her feet and is her best chance to escape the nightmarish life.
Greg Shapiro is producing. Wild Bunch will likely finance and shooting kicks off next year.