Ralph Fiennes Directing A New Drama

About dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes Directing A New Drama

by James White |
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Current Empire Legend Ralph Fiennes’ directing career is ticking along nicely and the actor-turned-filmmaker already has his viewfinder-adjacent eye on a potential next film. It’s a knockabout teen sex farce that finds three best friends who... Sorry, that’s not really his style, is it? He’s attached to make a film about legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev{ =nofollow}.

The Hours’ David Hare – who also wrote** The Reader**, in which Fiennes appeared, is at work on the script for the director and his regular producing collaborator Gabrielle Tana. According to Screen International, it’s not a traditional cradle-to-grave biopic but instead will focus on a specific incident in the dancer’s life, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1961, evading the KGB’s attempts to stop him. The team has the rights to Julie Kavangh’s biography Nureyev: The Life.

His celebrated dance career saw him sharing the Royal Ballet stage with the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Yvette Chauviré, and he died in 1993 at the age of 53. BBC Films is developing this one, which should be shooting later next year.

Acting-wise, Fiennes will be back on duty as M for the latest Bond film, Spectre, out here on October 23.

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