LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie are starring in a segment of “New York, I Love You,” an anthology of 12 short films set in each of the city’s five boroughs.
Others already cast in the project include Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Chris Cooper, Anton Yelchin, Drea de Matteo, Ethan Hawke and Kevin Bacon. The directors include Allen Hughes, Brett Ratner, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Shekhar Kapur, director of the “Elizabeth” movies is directing the LaBeouf-Christie segment, stepping in last month after writer/director Anthony Minghella’s sudden death.
The story centers on a woman who checks into a hotel that is in between worlds. There, she meets a young man and the two discover not only a mysterious connection but develop an understanding as to their situation. The short is described as being similar to Minghella’s breakout film, “Truly Madly Deeply.” Production is under way on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
LaBeouf next stars in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Eagle Eye.” Christie, enjoying a late-career resurgence, is coming off an Oscar nomination for her work in Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her.”
“New York, I Love You” follows on the heels of the similarly formatted “Paris, je t‘aime,” which dealt with love encounters in the City of Lights.
The next city to get the anthology treatment, under what is being called the “Cities of Love” franchise, is Shanghai, followed by a location in South America and then Africa.