Bel Ami is a British film starring Robert Pattinson (Twilight series, Remember Me) and Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill). The film is directed by the influential and innovative Cheek by Jowl directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant.
Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.
The film is produced by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty, Machan). Hagen Bogdanski (The Young Victoria, The Lives of Others) will direct the principle photography which began in early February in London and Budapest, aiming for a 2011 release. Simon Fuller who helped fund the film also served as an executive producer.
The film stars Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy. Pattinson describes Duroy as being “totally amoral”. Uma Thurman as Madeleine Forestier, Duroy’s secret love interest, Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy, I’ve Loved You So Long) as another love interest of Duroy. Christina Ricci (Monster, The Ice Storm) will star as Clotilde, Holliday Grainger (Scouting, Book for Boys) as Suzanne, and Colm Meaney (The Damned United, The Snapper) as Rousset. Philip plays Charles Forestier, the husband of Uma Thurman’s Madeleine.
Directed by: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod. Producers: Laurie Borg (co Producer), Simon Fuller (Executive Producer). Cinematography: Hagen Bogdanski. Writing: Rachel Bennette (screenplay), Guy de Maupassant (novel) Produced by XIX/19 Entertainment, Redwave Films and RaiCinema