Helen Mirren Playing French Chef in Oprah-Produced Hundred-Foot Journey

Onion brunoise makes her cry.
Onion brunoise makes her cry.Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie

The esteemed English actress will be joined by 90210 actor Manish Dayal in the Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey-produced film version of Richard C. Morais’s novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, reports Variety. The story follows a young Indian cook, who, with his family, settles down in a small French town where Mirren’s character plays a meanie Michelin-starred chef. (A “culinary battle ensues,” the site reports.) A lot of kitchen-set movies are suddenly in the works: Jon Favreau has been pulling shifts with Roy Choi for his upcoming movie called Chef, and Bradley Cooper, who’s under Gordon Ramsay’s wing for a different film with the same name, is said to be working on his knife skills. Who’ll teach Mirren her way around the pass? Our money is on Anne-Sophie Pic of Maison Pic. The Hundred-Foot Journey will be released on August 8, 2014. [Variety, Earlier]