Pedro Almodóvar’s English-language debut film ‘The Room Next Door’ stars Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton


In the upcoming film The Room Next Door, which will be Pedro Almodóvar’s first picture in the English language, Julianne Moore will be starring opposite Tilda Swinton among other notable actors.

Following several months of conjecture and internet speculations, Almodóvar’s production company, El Deseo, made the announcement of the dual casting this morning by re-posting the information on their Instagram story.

According to the post, “the actresses are placed under the command of the director from La Mancha in a drama between mother and daughter that will be filmed in the spring in New York and Madrid and will be his first film shot in English.” The film will revolve around a mother and daughter relationship.

It will be Almodóvar’s first feature-length production since Parallel Mothers, which was released at the Venice Film Festival in 2021.

The Room Next Door will be his first film of this length. Penelope Cruz, who was awarded the Award for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, and Milena Smit played the roles of single mothers who became pregnant by accident and met in a hospital room just before they were ready to give birth.

When the future feature film is released, it will also be the filmmaker’s second effort at making a film in the English language quite recently. We reported in 2022 that Almodóvar had decided not to direct A Manual for Cleaning Women, a film that Cate Blanchett was going to star in and produce under her Dirty Films label.

Blanchett was initially scheduled to star in the film. Lucia Berlin’s collection of short stories, which covers the lives of women performing a broad variety of challenging vocations, served as the inspiration for the feature film project, which was initially revealed in January 2022. The collection is comprised of 43 parts.

An interview that Almodóvar gave to Deadline at the time stated, “It has been a very painful decision for me.” Over the course of a very long period, I had fantasized about working with Cate.

Dirty Films has been so generous with me this whole time and I was blinded by joy, but unfortunately, I no longer feel able to properly actualize this film.”


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