Paul Haggis has found his leading lady for his remake of the French thriller “Pour elle”, which is set to star Russell Crowe as a husband whose life is turned upside down when, one day, his wife is accused of a terrible crime and jailed. Elizabeth Banks (last seen terrorizing the young lasses of the horror movie “The Uninvited”, itself a remake) has joined Haggis’ film as the wife, according to Variety.
Based on the 2008 French movie “Pour elle”, Haggis’ “The Next Three Days” will see Crowe playing a high school teacher who, after exhausting all legal means to free his wife from the criminal charges, hatches a plan to break her out instead. Banks will play the role originally assayed by Diane Kruger of “Inglourious Basterds” fame, which begs the question, why didn’t they just cast Kruger?
Besides directing, Haggis will also write and produce the film with his production company partner Michael Nozik. Meanwhile, Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc will oversea the picture for Fidelite Films.