Not that he should care about the Oscars, but Pedro Almodóvar should be appreciative of Penélope Cruz for garnering Volver its single nomination. How should he show is thanks? By casting her as much as possible in an attempt to keep her from doing more Hollywood movies. The director and actress are expected to team up for a fourth time for Almodóvar's next project, which is likely to be La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In). The director's brother, producer Agustín Almodóvar, says the chance of this being next is 70%-80%.

As Erik reported last month, La Piel Que Habito is a departure from his usual work, which he says needs a change toward less personal material. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, the film will follow a Death Wish type of plot in which a plastic surgeon takes revenge on his daughter's rapists. I assume that Cruz would get the role of the daughter, though I think it would be interesting for the surgeon's gender to be switched so that the actress could play a vengeful mother.

The Almodóvars and Cruz won big this past weekend at Spain's Goya Awards (some call it their equivalent to the Oscars, but I call it better), with Volver picking up statues for best film, best director, best actress, best supporting actress (Carmen Maura) and best original score (by Alberto Iglesias). Pedro didn't attend the ceremony, though, because he was too nervous.
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