Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the cast of the upcoming film Malavita. The movie from director Luc Besson already has Robert De Niro attached. Malavita is based on the book “Badfellas” by Tonino Benacquista. The novel is about a mafia family that moves to France as part of a witness protection program.
Amazon describes Benacquista’s book as such:
Under cover of darkness, an American family moves into a villa in Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy. Fred Blake, the father, tells everyone he is there to write a history of the Allied landings. His wife Maggie gets involved in a local charity; their teenage children enroll in the lycee. At first glance a family like any other. But Fred’s real name is Giovanni Manzoni – an ex-Mafia boss who has grassed and is now part of the FBI’s witness-protection program. And his record in other locations would indicate that his cover is not likely to last very long.
Pfieffer will play De Niro’s wife and the mother of the family – who “has a penchant for arson when crossed.”
In 2007, Pfeiffer and DeNiro starred together in Stardust. The two shot another film together New Year’s Eve, which received awful reviews and ended up being a complete dud. Hopefully, the third time is a charm.