Three years after she premiered Marie Antoinette at the Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola is returning to cinemas with a new film she wrote and will direct called Somewhere. Much like her 2003 film Lost in Translation, Somewhere will be set in a hotel -- though this time she's returning to the States and bringing her cute, angsty Fem Anderson-ish style to the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood.
Wanting to make (in her words) "an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles," Somewhere will follow a "bad-boy actor" who's forced to reexamine his life after a surprise visit from his 11-year-old daughter. Possibly looking to capitalize on the new born-again-actor trend, Coppola has cast Stephen Dorff, a guy who's just trying to come back to acting in movies people have actually heard of); one of his last roles was as Ross Tanner on two episodes of XIII last year. Opposite Dorff will be Elle Fanning, doing her best "Screw you Dakota, I can do bitter abandoned child too, b*tch!" Obviously this film and Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler share similar themes with fathers trying to reconnect with their daughters, except Dorff seems to be playing an extension of himself instead of, say, a former Ultimate Fighting Champion. Still, it'll be fascinating to see what the gal does with this. Definitely a film that will be followed by many.
So has Sofia done it? Could Dorff really be the next big comeback? Somewhere begins shooting this summer; look for it to possibly debut at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.