Sir Ben Kingsley is set to play another 20th century icon in a big-time biopic, 35 years after winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi.
This time he’s playing surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, who’s popped up in recent films like Little Ashes and Midnight in Paris, but will get the full biopic treatment in the form of Dali Land.
According to Deadline, the film is set in 1973, in the latter part of Dalí’s career, when he looked a bit like this:
That’s one hell of a mustache prop Sir Ben is going to need — unless he’s growing his own, Henry Cavill-style.
The story will be told through the eyes of a young gallery assistant called James (Frank Dillane), who helps the great artist prepare for a big show in New York. James is excited about working with one of the most famous artists of all time, but instead becomes entangled in an art world full of parties, personal battles, money and intrigue.
Phantom Thread‘s Lesley Manville will play Dalí’s wife and muse Gala, while The Hateful Eight‘s Tim Roth will play his right-hand man Captain Moore.
American Psycho director Mary Harron will be in charge when production starts later this year in Canada and Spain. She co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, the scriptwriter John C. Walsh.
Producer Edward R. Pressman said: “Mary’s sense of cosmic irony is a perfect match for a story about the flamboyant, contradictory and larger than life Salvador Dalí. I love the team we’ve assembled and can’t wait to see Sir Ben Kingsley and Lesley Manville embody the iconic partnership of Dalí and Gala.”
Neither can we. And if you’re keen to become an art history movie buff before the release of Dali Land, check out our recent roundup of great actors who’ve played great artists.
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