Variety is exclusively reporting that Diane Kruger, Marine Vacth, Vasily Tkachenko and Alex Brendemuhl are set to star in Rodolphe Marconi’s in Rudolf Nureyev biopic titled Nureyev.
The film is set to differ from rival Nureyev biopic The White Crow, which is set to be directed by Ralph Fiennes. Nureyev is set to focus on the milestones in Nureyev’s life, beginning with his defection in Paris and his rise to prominence, his encounters with Clara Saint, Yves Saint Laurent and dancer Margot Fonteyn, his international career as part of The Royal Ballet and eventually his return to Paris in the 1980’s as head of Paris Opera, guiding the opera into its golden age.
Speaking about the project, Sabine Chemaly, who handles international sales at TF1 Studio said:
This biopic of Nureyev will centre on the bright side of this amazing character, a man who is bigger than life, a visionary who changed the ballet forever, reinterpreting timeless classics and fighting conservatism. He dedicated his life to his art.
The producers of this project have acquired the rights to the choreography of Nureyev and will shoot the film at several locations, including the Paris Opera and The Royal Ballet. The project will also mark the acting debut of ballet dancer Vasily Tkachenko, who will play Nureyev in the first portion of the film, while Alex Brendemuhl will play the older Nureyev. TF1 Studio has acquired international sales rights for the project and have already pre-sold it to Japan’s Kino Films.