Paul Schrader Pens Russian Ballerina Biopic

Filmmaker Paul Schrader is penning an untitled biopic about adored and reviled Russian prima ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska, a woman described by producers as “the ultimate femme fatale” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Kschessinska was a woman who rose from out of poverty and became mistress to at least four aristocratic men who controlled the crumbling Romanov dynasty, including Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II.

Narrowly escaping the Bolsheviks, she taught ballet in Paris where she died in 1971, a few months shy of turning one hundred years old.

The untitled film will be shot in English with a mixed Russian and American cast and an internationally acclaimed director to be announced shortly.