Gerard Depardieu To Play Joseph Stalin

French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu will play former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in a film currently in development with the working title of “Stalin’s Sofa” (“Le divan de Staline”) at Leopardo Filmes.

Set in the 1950s Soviet Union, the story will center on a young artist who is commissioned to create Stalin’s monument and must endure some KGB scrutiny.

Actress turned filmmaker Fanny Ardant (“Ashes and Blood,” “Obsessive Rhythms”) is set to helm the film based on French author Jean-Daniel Baltassat’s 2013 novel of the same name. Mosfilm will provide costumes and props but won’t co-produce the film itself.

Source: THR