Cate Blanchett Signs Up to Star in Pedro Almodóvar’s First English-Language Film, ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’


Cate Blanchett will be starring in A Manual for Cleaning Women, the first English-language feature film from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces).

This is to be an adaptation of a 2015 book of the same name – a compilation of 43 stories by legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. The stories look at women in multiple areas of demanding work, from switchboard operators to struggling mothers.

Variety broke the news of Blanchett’s casting, although there’s no word on what character the two-time Oscar winner will be playing. Blanchett isn’t just starring,  she is also attached to produce under her production banner Dirty Films. New Republic Pictures is also on board, in association with Almodóvar’s El Deseo banner.

Expect more big names to be announced soon. Perhaps Penélope Cruz will also star? The Spanish actress, who has occasionally been described as one of Almodóvar’s muses, has worked with the filmmaker eight times. Their latest collaboration is the drama Parallel Mothers, currently on its release rollout (January 27th in Australia).

Blanchett can be seen in recent Netflix release Don’t Look Up and Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Nightmare Alley, still being released worldwide (January 20th in Australia). Also ahead for the Aussie star: biopic TÁR, from filmmaker Todd Field (Little Children); video game adaptation Borderlands, directed by Eli Roth; and Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated musical fantasy Pinnochio, where she will voice the Dove.

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