Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman director Ralph Fiennes has announced his newest directing project as THE WHITE CROW, a biopic based on the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. David Hare is adapting the script, which is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life. The project is in development at BBC Films.
Most of the cast has already been set, with Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko playing the lead alongside Adele Exarchopoulos as Clara Saint, a French woman who helped Nureyev when he left the Soviet Union in 1961 and created a massive news story. He then became the director of the Paris Opera Ballet from 1983 to 1989 and remained the chief choreographer there until 1992. He passed away the following year from AIDS-related complications.
Also appearing in the film will be Russian dancer Sergei Polunin and actress Chulpan Khamatova.
Fiennes described the film as “a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship.”
Gabrielle Tana will produce through Magnolia Mae Productions alongside Francois Ivernel via Montebello Productions. Joe Oppenheimer and Beth Pattinson will executive produce for BBC.
A two-time Academy Award nominee for acting, this will be Fiennes’ third outing as director. Most recently, he lent his voice as Alfred in The LEGO Batman Movie and he’ll next appear in Sony’s Holmes and Watson. He’s represented by CAA and Dalzell Beresford.
Hare is the writer of films such as The Hours, The Reader (which also starred Fiennes), and most recently Denial. Next up, he’s writing and executive producing the Showtime pilot Purity, which has been ordered to series. He’s repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor