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Pedro Almodovar withdraws from the first English feature

MADRID –

Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar says he will be withdrawing from his first English-language film, “A Woman’s Guide to Cleaning,” produced by Cate Blanchett and starring Cate Blanchett.

Almodovar, 72, told entertainment news site Deadline Hollywood that he was unable to fulfill the pledge.

“It was a very painful decision for me,” Almodovar told Deadline Hollywood. “I’ve dreamed of working with Cate for a long time.

Production company Blanchett’s Dirty Films has yet to announce a new director.

Almodovar’s brother and business partner confirmed the decision in a social media post on Wednesday.

“Pedro Almodovar is leaving the ‘Women’s Guide to Cleaning’ project, which will continue with Cate Blanchett,” said Agustin Almodovar, who helps the siblings run their El Deseo production company, wrote on Twitter.

“The Woman’s Guide to Cleaning” is an adaptation of a collection of short stories of the same name by American author Lucia Berlin.

Pedro Almodovar won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for “All About My Mother” (1999) and for best original screenplay for “Talk To Her” (2002). He made his first short in English, “The Human Voice”, starring Tilda Swinton, in 2020.

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