Adam Driver to Star in New Music Drama 'Annette'

Seminal art-rock band Sparks wrote script and score, while acclaimed French filmmaker Leos Carax will direct

Adam Driver will star in a new music drama, 'Annette,' helmed by acclaimed French filmmaker Leos Carax. Credit: Geordie Wood/The NY Times/Redux

UPDATE: A rep for Rihanna tells Rolling Stone that the singer, originally rumored to be involved in the film, will be not starring in Annette. This article has been updated accordingly to reflect the new information.

Adam Driver will star in Annette, a new music drama from French director Leos Carax, Variety reports. The Los Angeles art-rock duo Sparks wrote the screenplay and new music for the film.

According to Deadline, Annette tells the story of a stand-up comedian who's left to raise a two-year-old with a surprising gift after his opera singer wife dies. Rooney Mara was also originally attached to star in the movie, but dropped out due to other commitments. A replacement has yet to be announced.

Amazon Studios acquired the distribution rights to Annette, which will begin filming this spring. The film notably marks Carax's English-language debut. The acclaimed French filmmaker has helmed such cult favorites as Holy Motors and Lovers On the Bridge.

Sparks' Ron and Russell Mael, meanwhile, will make their scriptwriting debut with Annette. Over the course of their lengthy career, they've contributed songs to numerous soundtracks (including "How Are You Getting Home" in Holy Motors) and scored two movies, 1984's Bad Manners and 1998's Knock Off.

As for Driver, the actor is currently starring in the final season of HBO's Girls. He's also set to appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens December 15th, and Steven Soderbergh's NASCAR heist movie, Logan Lucky, out August 18th.