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Why Was “The Crown” Star Taking Italian Lessons? To Star in Luca Guadagnino’s New Movie

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Now we know why Prince Charles was learning Italian.

Josh O’Connor, who won the Emmy Award playing Prince Charles in “The Crown,” is going to star in Luca Guadagnino’s next film.

Last fall, O’Connor told me was living in New York’s East Village and learning Italian. I thought he’d be in the next Paolo Sorrentino film.

But it turns out he’ll play the former flame of Zendaya in a movie about a tennis player and her romantic relationships. Mike Faist, of “West Side Story,” is the third part of the triangle.

Called “Challengers” the film is project is being produced by Amy Pascal as well as Guadagnino and Zendaya. The script, by playwright-singer-author Justin Kuritzkes, was featured on the 2021 Black List, which keeps tracks of the hottest unproduced screenplays.

O’Connor opens next month in “Mothering Sundays” from Sony Pictures Classics, in which he is fully on display. (It’s actually a very good movie, but does have lots of sexy time.)

Pascal, of course, is already in business with Zendaya. The hot young star appears in Pascal’s “Spider Man” movies. They’re taking this one to MGM, which has never been able to merge with Amazon Studios. They’ve also shown Oscar deprivation, not being able to pull of any action for “Respect” or “House of Gucci.” Maybe they’ll get a new in house team before “Challengers” is up for its Oscar match.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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