Ralph Fiennes is slated to direct an as-yet-untitled film about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev for BBC Films and Pathe.
The project will not be a biopic, but will rather focus on a specific incident in the life of the volatile former Royal Ballet star who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961 despite the KGB’s attempts to stop him. Nureyev died aged 53 after contracting HIV.
Acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare is penning the film while Gabrielle Tana (“Coriolanus,” “The Invisible Woman”) is on board to produce.
The production has secured rights to Julie Kavangh’s acclaimed biography “Nureyev: The Life,” and filming aims to begin late next year.