Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe are all set to star in art-theft drama “The Sleeping Shepherd” for Solution Entertainment Group.
Inspired by real-life art thief Stephane Breitwieser, Pitt plays a failed painter who decides he would rather steal great art than paint it. As he criss-crosses Europe, he meets a bored rich girl (Poots) who gets a sexual thrill from art theft.
Soon caught, his co-dependent mother (Huppert) destroys $2 billion worth of irreplaceable masterpieces by chopping them up and tossing them into the nearby Rhine Canal. He and mom are sent to jail, where his jailhouse paintings become collector’s items.
Frank Hudec directs from his own script while Mike S. Ryan will produce.