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Michelle Williams poses at the Bafta Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party January 8, 2017. — Reuters picMichelle Williams poses at the Bafta Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party January 8, 2017. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Nov 17 — The coveted Hollywood actress is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch on the cast of Rio, reports Variety. The thriller is directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, whose Call Me by Your Name screened at several film festivals this year.

In Rio, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a financial reporter who travels to the Brazilian city to visit a wealthy friend and business magnate played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Once there, the reporter is drawn into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

It’s as yet unclear what role is being eyed by Michelle Williams, but Rio would reunite her with Jake Gyllenhaal — a close friend and godfather of her daughter — more than 12 years after Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

Luca Guadagnino — whose upcoming movie Call Me by Your Name (out November 24 in the USA) is being tipped for Oscar nomination — will direct the thriller based on a script by Steven Knight (Allied).

Michelle Williams is highly in demand in Hollywood, currently starring in Wonderstruck with Julianne Moore, and in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World out December 22. She also joins Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman (December 20), is still linked to the Janis Joplin biopic, and is currently filming Venom alongside Tom Hardy.

Benedict Cumberbatch, on the other hand, is busy filming Melrose for Showtime. In 2018, he’ll be on the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War (May 4), Jungle Book (October 19) and The Current War, with an as-yet unconfirmed release date.

Jake Gyllenhaal is rumoured to be a contender to take over from Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s The Batman, according to journalist John Campeo. He also stars in Stronger, about a 2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor, released September 29. — AFP-Relaxnews

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