Ralph Fiennes is set to direct the David Hare-penned “The White Crow,” a biopic of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev HanWay Films, Magnolia Mae Productions and Montebello Productions.
Based on Julie Kavanagh’s book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life,” the story delves into the most cinematic, cultural and politically charged chapter of Nureyev’s life.
Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play Nureyev, while “Blue is the Warmest Color” standout Adele Exarchopoulos plays Clara Saint – the woman who ultimately helped him in his defection in Paris in 1961.
The cast also includes Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova. Fiennes says in a statement:
“This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship. It is, equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”
Gabrielle Tana (“Philomena”) will produce the film which will shoot on location in St. Petersburg and Paris this Summer.