A biopic of Audrey Hepburn with Rooney Mara as the lead is in the works at Apple, according to reports.
Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is fronting the project, with Mara, who is 36, producing. Michael Mitnick (who previously worked with the director on his 2019 short film The Staggering Girl) is penning the script.
Though plot details are under wraps for now, the biopic will no doubt look at the fascinating elements of the life of Hepburn, who was born in Brussels and grew up in the Netherlands under German occupation during World War II. Adopting the name Edda van Heemstra, Hepburn studied ballet in Amsterdam, before becoming a chorus girl in the West End in London.
First starring in Monte Carlo Baby in 1952, Hepburn was then cast in Broadway play Gigi, before her Oscar-winning role in 1953’s Roman Holiday. Throughout a four-decade career, her starring highlights include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark, Charade, and Sabrina. She was also a dedicated philanthropist, working with UNICEF to help impoverished children around the world and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, plus the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993.
Oscar-nominated Guadagnino recently finished production on Bones & All, an upcoming cannibal romance set in the Ohio tri-state area starring Timothée Chalamet and Chloë Sevigny. A recent preview saw Chalamet and co-star Taylor Russell as they stop for gas on their ‘thousand-mile odyssey’.
Last month, Guadagnino released a surprise short Christmas film, O Night Divine, with a screenplay by Mitnick and starring John C. Reilly as a Father Christmas-style character named Kristof.