Academy award winner Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in Pedro Almodóvar’s A Manual For Cleaning Women.

Based on a collection of short stories by Lucia Berlin, A Manual For Cleaning Women contains various stories focused on female protagonists with demanding jobs. The adaptation will be Almodóvar’s first feature length film in the English language, after he directed a short English-language film starring Tilda Swinton in 2020. Variety has confirmed that Cate Blanchett will star in the film. Her production company, Dirty Films, is also set to co-produce the movie alongside New Republic Pictures.

Almodóvar is an extremely well-established director, whose Spanish-language films are known for their melodramatic narratives. In 2002, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Talk to Her. His latest film, Parallel Mothers starring Penélope Cruz, is due for release in UK cinemas at the end of this month.

Blanchett is similarly renowned for her acting abilities, and has been just as busy. She stars in Guillermo del Toro’s Film Noir-ish thriller Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara. The star also put in a memorable appearance in Adam McKay’s much-discussed Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up. 

A Manual For Cleaning Women is currently in the early stages of development, with Almodóvar telling Variety that he had originally written the screenplay in Spanish before translating it all into English.

Parallel Mothers is in UK cinemas on 28th January. Nightmare Alley releases on 21st January. More news on A Manual For Cleaning Women as we hear it.

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