French director Olivier Assayas to helm Cuban spy thriller

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Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas has signed on to helm a Cuban spy thriller titled Wasp Network, Agence France Presse reports.

Assayas, who most recently directed US actress Kristen Stewart in the film Personal Shopper, will also pen the script for Wasp Network — an adaptation of Fernando Morais’ 2015 novel The Last Soldiers of the Cold War.

The plot, based on a true story, centres on Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s when anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out military attacks on Cuba, and the Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network to infiltrate those organisations (via Variety).

Assayas also wrote and directed Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned Stewart France’s César Award for best supporting actress for her role in the movie — making her the first American actress to earn the honour.

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