Actor Rupert Everett is set to make his directorial debut on “The Happy Prince”, a comedic biopic on legendary writer and playwright Oscar Wilde, for Cine Plus, Bavaria Pictures, Robert Fox and Bavaria Media says Screen Daily.
Everett penned the script and will star in the film as Wilde while Colin Firth will play Wilde’s friend and confidant Reginald “Reggie” Turner. Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Edward Fox are also attached to play roles.
The story is set in Wilde’s tragic final days as he looks back on the disasters of his life with characteristic dry wit and black humor. Shooting will take place next Summer.
Wilde’s life was most famously adapted for the screen before in 1997’s “Wilde” starring Stephen Fry as the author and a stellar supporting cast including Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Sheen, Vanessa Redgrave, Ioan Gruffudd and Orlando Bloom.
Everett and Firth have worked together before in five films, including an adaptation of Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband”.