By Mack Chico
Eva Mendes is set to star in Wrecking Ball, the directorial debut of Beatrice Letterier. She is the wife of Louis Letterier, director of The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans.
The film, described as a “dramatic comedy” which involves a fractious Christmas family reunion, and a secret to which a five-year-old girl holds the key.
Beatrice isn’t exactly a newbie behind the camera; she’s been directing commercials and music videos in Europe for some years now. Wrecking Ball is her first attempt at full-length though, but whether or not it also constitutes a first giant step across the Atlantic remains to be seen: it’s unclear so far whether this is a Hollywood project, or a European one that’s bagged an American star.
Mendes is thought to be playing a mother, but again, whether that’s the mother of the five-year-old or one matriarch among several in a large family, is yet to be revealed. The source suggests it’s a role with some dramatic heft to it which she has portryaed in Bad Lieutenant and We Own the Night.
Mendes is the first star attached, but it’s thought that her presence will help the film gain momentum. Expect further developments before too long.