Netflix secures rights to new Selena Gomez and Glen Powell movies at Cannes

Emilia Peréz and Monsanto were both bought by Netflix.
"Emilia Perez" Photocall - The 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival
"Emilia Perez" Photocall - The 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival / Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/GettyImages

Great news for Selena Gomez fans! The multi-talented singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist's latest movie has been scooped up by Netflix after making quite the buzzy splash with its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Emilia Peréz, the Spanish-language musical crime comedy which comes from writer-director Jacques Audiard, earned an 11-minute standing ovation with its premiere at Cannes, and now it's locking down a lucrative Netflix streaming deal for the United States and the United Kingdom. (Variety notes that negotiations could fall apart, but Deadline seems much more optimistic.)

Jacques Audiard, Karla Sofía Gascón, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, Édgar Ramírez
"Emilia Perez" Photocall - The 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival / Neilson Barnard/GettyImages

The potential Palme d’Or contender stars Netflix's From Scratch star Zoe Saldaña as a lawyer who's tasked with aiding a Mexican drug cartel leader Manitas (Karla Sofía Gascón) to receive a gender affirming procedure and become Emilia Peréz. Gomez plays the cartel leader's wife Jessi Del Monte, while Netflix's Florida Man star Édgar Ramírez plays a character named Gustavo.

A renown French filmmaker, Audiard has won the Palm d'Or at Cannes before, with his 2015 film Dheepan. He's also been acclaimed for films such as The Beat That Skipped My Heart, A Prophet, Rust and Bone, and Paris, 13th District. Emilia Peréz, which currently holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, competes for both the Palm d'Or and Queer Palm and will be released in France on Aug. 28.

Glen Powell
Netflix's Austin Premiere of "Hit Man" / Rick Kern/GettyImages

Monsanto starring Glen Powell coming to Netflix

In addition to Emilia Peréz, Netflix did a little bit more shopping at Cannes and picked up another new movie featuring a cast loaded with A-list talent. The streamer dropped over $30 million on the film Monsanto, which stars Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie, and Laura Dern. The legal drama film is based on a true story and comes from director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Netflix's The Highwaymen and Mr. Harrigan's Phone) and producer Adam McKay, director of Netflix's Don't Look Up.

Monsanto stars Powell as a new lawyer named Brent Wisner. He goes up against chemical company Monsanto to support Dwayne "Lee" Johnson (Anthony Mackie), who used one of their products as a groundskeeper. Academy Award winner Dern stars as Dr. Melinda Rogers, the chief toxicologist at Monstanto.

Powell most recently stars in Netflix's original action-comedy Hit Man on June 7, as well as the Sony rom-com blockbuster Anyone But You, which found continued success on Netflix. Dern won an Oscar for the Netflix film Marriage Story and will appear in its upcoming miniseries Forever, Interrupted alongside Margaret Qualley. Mackie has appeared in a number of Netflix originals, including Altered Carbon, We Have a Ghost, and Outside the Wire.

There's no word yet when either movie will premiere on Netflix, but stay tuned for more Netflix movie news and updates from Netflix Life!