“The Roads Not Taken follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning) as she grapples with the challenges of her father’s chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo’s journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.” – Bleecker Street
This British-American drama film was written and directed by Sally Potter. It stars Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek and Laura Linney. It is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2020, by Bleecker Street.
The Roads Not Taken was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
- Starring : Javier Bardem / Elle Fanning
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United Kingdom / United States
- Language : English
- Director : Sally Potter
- Production : Adventure Pictures / BBC Films / British Film Institute (BFI) / Chimney Pot / Film i Väst / HanWay Films / Head Gear Films / Ingenious Media / Metrol Technology / Sverige Film / Terraza Films, La / Washington Square Films
- Distributor : Bleecker Street Media / Filmcoopi Zürich / Front Row Filmed Entertainment
The Roads Not Taken movie
The Roads Not Taken release date
- February 1, 2020 : Germany (Berlin International Film Festival)
- March 13, 2020 : USA
The Roads Not Taken cast
- Javier Bardem as Leo
- Elle Fanning as Molly
- Salma Hayek as Dolores
- Laura Linney as Rita
- Milena Tscharntke as Anni
- Branka Katic as Xenia
- Dimitri Andreas as Mikael
- Katia Mullova-Brind as Mel
- Catherine Levi as Clio
- Debora Weston as Dentist
- Aaron Joshua as Taxi Driver
- Sabina Cameron as Nurse
- Griffin Stevens as Doctor
- Ruth Keeling as Woman Jogger
- Olan Montgomery as Security Guard
In December 2018, it was announced that Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek and Laura Linney had joined the cast of The Roads Not Taken, with Sally Potter directing and writing from a screenplay she wrote. Production began that same month.
In September 2019, it was announced Focus Features had acquired international distribution rights to the film outside of the U.S. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 13, 2020.
Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem (age 50) portrays Leo. Bardem is a multi-awarded actor. He has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes (ex-aequo with Elio Germano) and two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work. He is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor, 2000, for Before Night Falls), as well as the first Spaniard to win one, for Best Supporting Actor in No Country for Old Men (2008), wherein he played the role of psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh. He received his third Academy Award nomination, and second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful.
American actress, model, and singer Elle Fanning (age 21) plays the role of Molly. Fanning is best known for her recent works in independent films, and her role as Aurora in the Maleficent film series. She made her film debut as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning’s character in the drama film I Am Sam (2001). Her breakthrough came in 2011 with her starring role in the science-fiction film Super 8, which earned her a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Fanning’s film credits include Babel (2006), We Bought a Zoo (2011), Ginger & Rosa (2012), Maleficent (2014) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019). Fanning has made a transition into independent cinema in recent years and starred in films such as 3 Generations (2015), The Neon Demon (2016), 20th Century Women (2016), Mary Shelley (2017), The Beguiled (2017), I Think We’re Alone Now (2018), Galveston (2018), and Teen Spirit (2018)
In recent years, she has made a transition into independent cinema with lead and supporting roles in films such as 3 Generations (2015), The Neon Demon (2016), 20th Century Women (2016), Mary Shelley (2017), The Beguiled (2017), I Think We’re Alone Now (2018), Galveston (2018), and Teen Spirit (2018).
American film actress and producer Salma Hayek (age 53) is cast as Dolores. Hayek began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred later in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991, Hayek moved to Hollywood and became famous with roles in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West, and Dogma (both 1999). Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida, for which she was nominated for Best Actress for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, and which she also produced.
Hayek’s recent films include Grown Ups (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Tale of Tales (2015), The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) and Like a Boss (2020).
American actress and singer Laura Linney (age 56) plays the role of Rita. Linney has received several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards and four Tony Awards. She won her first Emmy Award for the TV film Wild Iris (2001), and had subsequent wins for the sitcom Frasier (2003–04) and the miniseries John Adams (2008) and The Big C (2013).
Linney made her film debut in Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for the dramas You Can Count On Me (2000), Kinsey (2004), and The Savages (2007). Her film credits include Primal Fear (1996), The Truman Show (1998), Mystic River (2003), Love Actually (2003), The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Mr. Holmes (2015), Sully (2016), and Nocturnal Animals (2016).
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