Kevin Kline will star with Sandrine Bonnaire and Jennifer Beals in Caroline Bottaro’s drama “Joueuse (Queen to Play)” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Bonnaire plays a hotel maid captivated by a romantic couple (Beals and Francis Renaud) playing chess while staying at the Mediterranean island hotel where she works.
The doctor (Kline) whose house she cleans reluctantly becomes her mentor in the game, leading her to a chess tournament and initiating major transformations in her life.
Despite playing a Parisian in “French Kiss,” this is Kline’s first role in a French production and his first French-speaking role. First-time feature director Bottaro adapted the screenplay from Bertina Henrichs’ novel “The Chess Player.”
Principal photography began Tuesday on the isle of Corsica. Shooting continues there through April 26th, followed by Paris-area filming from April 29th-May 14th.