Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (fun fact: she was the first actor in history to win an Academy Award for portraying another Academy Award winner, Katherine Hepburn) will star in Pedro Almodovar’s first English-language feature, “A Manual for Cleaning Women.”

The film will adapt Lucia Berlin’s collection of short stories of the same name. The project is in the early stages of development, so Blanchett is the only casting news so far. But consider this: “Manual” features over 40 stories of women involved in an extensive variety of jobs. And Almodovar is legendary for his expansive all-woman casts. If he decides to incorporate even a fraction of the book’s stories into one script, this is going to be a who’s who of amazing actresses. More to come on this one as the roll call unfurls.