Rooney Mara is set to star and produce in a biopic of legendary Oscar-winning actress Audrey Hepburn, which will be directed by Call me by your name the filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Hollywood journalist confirmed.
The prestige project is set up at Apple Studios, another blow to the tech giant’s fledgling film studio. Michael Mitnick (The tottering girl, The current war) writes the movie. No plot details about the biopic have been revealed.
British-born Belgian actress Hepburn has starred in iconic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My beautiful lady, Funny head, Sabrina and roman holidays. In all, she was nominated five times for the Oscar for Best Actress, winning in 1953 for Roman holidays.
Hepburn’s influence and career extended beyond the theater, she was a notorious fashion icon, being the muse of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, and devoted much of her life to charity. She effectively retired in the early 1980s, focusing instead on humanitarian projects and becoming closely associated with UNICEF. She died in Switzerland in 1993 at the age of 63.
The Hepburn biopic is just the latest evidence of Apple’s aggressive push in the original films, and follows the company’s victory in competitive bidding wars against Hollywood studios and rival streamers. In September Apple landed the Jon Watts animated thriller starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt and in December the company took the lead in securing an untitled Formula 1 feature film project Brad Pitt is attached to and Top Gun: Maverick‘s Joseph Kosinski attached to lead.
Puck was the first to report the news of the biopic.