Winner of one and thrice-nominated for Academy Awards, Penélope Cruz, is one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood to hail from a non-American descent. Cruz has acted in films of a variety of genre and both English and Spanish language. After debuting in 1992, Cruz went on to work with famous filmmakers and went on to establish her name in the industry. After working for more than a decade in both Hollywood and Spanish film industry, success came to Cruz in 2006 when she acted in Spanish drama ‘Volver’, which earned her first Academy Award nomination. She eventually won the award in Best Supporting Actress category two years later for her performance in ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’. Cruz became the first and till date, the only Spanish actress to win an Academy Award. She later starred in commercially successful films like ‘Nine’ alongside Daniel-Day Lewis, ‘Pirates of the Carribean: O Stranger’s Tides’ alongside Johnny Depp, and in a supporting role in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. She lately starred alongside her husband Javier Bardem in Loving Pablo.
At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Penelope Cruz movie? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Penelope Cruz films scheduled to release in 2018, 2019 and beyond. We can only hope that the latest new Penelope Cruz movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
1. Everybody Knows (2018)
To be released in this September, ‘Everybody knows’ is a psychological thriller film directed by two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi. Farhadi is best known for his 2017 Iranian film ‘The Salesman’ which won the Best Foreign language Film at the Oscars ceremony this year. The film stars Cruz as a woman named Laura who returns to her hometown only to face the consequences of her past life. The film is shot in Spanish language and also stars Cruz’s husband, actor Javier Bardem. The film has been moderately received at this year’s Cannes and is slated to release on September 14.
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2. Dolor y gloria (Filming)
Another Spanish production, Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Dolor y gloria’ stars Cruz portraying a supporting character alongside Antonio Banderas and Asier Etxeandía in leading roles. The film’s premise has not been revealed as of yet and neither the film’s official release date. The 21st film to be directed by Almodovar, it is speculated that ‘Dolor y gloria’ whose story is set in the 1960s is an enactment of the experiences of Almodovar’s life in his younger years. There are also speculations of this being the last directorial feature from Almodovar to hit the theatres, marking his retirement from the film industry. If this comes to be true, it would definitely be a remarkable cinematic piece worth watching.
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3. 355 (In-Production)
‘355’ is an upcoming all-female spy film, set to be directed by Simon Kinberg. The film will star Cruz, alongside female stars like Fan Bingbing, Lupita Nyong’O, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain. Kinberg, who is set to make his directorial debut this year with ‘Dark Phoenix’ will adapt the story from a screenplay by Theresa Rebeck (known for her works in indie film genre), which, in turn, is developed from an idea given by film lead Jessica Chastain. Cruz will play a spy in the film who teams up with the other ladies from different international spy agencies to obtain a weapon from bad guys, that could cause a global catastrophe. Though inspired by James Bond and the Bourne Series, it is hard to say whether Kinberg would shoot it in a dark mystery-spy thriller or would include some elements of comedy-drama in ‘355’. However, with all the beautiful ladies on one screen, watching ‘355’ is definitely gonna be a blast.
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4. Love Child (Announced)
‘Love Child’ follows the obsession of an 11-yr old with his mother. The film stars Cruz as the mother whose abusive husband is injured in nearly fatal accident orchestrated by the son. As the kid plants a young man (Edgar Ramirez) to get involved with his mom, his obsession takes over, and he set a path to now frame the man as the culprit behind his dad’s accident. The film’s plot is quite complex, unusual and vicious, one can say. The film was recently purchased by Amazon studios and is set to begin filming later this year.
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