It’s fair to say that despite placing Lea Seydoux on our 20 Faces to Watch feature late in 2010, Seydoux has not broken out in the way that Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Chris Hemsworth have.
The French actress was in last year’s hit “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and Woody Allen’s Oscar winning “Midnight in Paris”, but despite excellent performances in both, neither particularly got her name out there in the same way as Paula Patton or Corey Stoll respectively.
News from The Playlist that Seydoux has now dropped out of Michel Gondry’s upcoming “The Foam Of Days” due to scheduling conflicts adds to the sense that 2012 might not be her year either.
Still, it’s good news for another little known actress, as the same report indicates that Charlotte Le Bon has replaced Seydoux in the role. Le Bon will be joining Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh and Omar Sy “in the story that follows Colin, the wealthy inventor of olfactory-musical-instrument the “pianocktail”. He marries Chloe, but unfortunately, she falls ill during their honeymoon thanks to a water lily that enters her lung, and the only way to treat the ailment is to surround her with flowers — and the expense soon drains his funds.”
Le Bon has only one film credit to her name, the action-adventure film “Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté” which will be released in Europe later in the year.
For Seydoux though, 2012 will remain a busy year. She premiered her film “Farewell, My Queen” at the Berlin Film Festival where it received mixed reviews, and she will continue the year filming several productions, including a new version of “Beauty & The Beast” with Vincent Cassell (“Black Swan”) and a romantic film “Grand Central” with Tahar Rahim (of the Oscar nominated “A Prophet“.)