Tatou Stars In Coco Chanel Biopic

Audrey Tautou will star as Coco Chanel in a $15 million biopic about the legendary French fashion designer reports Variety.

Anne Fontaine will helm the yet to be titled pic, with Haut et Court and Cine set to produce. The story will focus on Chanel’s childhood and early womanhood, was specially conceived with Tautou in mind and Fontaine wouldn’t sign onboard unless Tatou was involved.

A French thesp will play Etienne Balsan and an A-list Brit actor is being sought to play Englishman Arthur “Boy” Capel, two men in Chanel’s life when she was still a young unknown.

Script, penned by Fontaine and Christopher Hampton, was freely adapted from the Chanel biography “L’Irreguliere” by Edmonde Charles-Roux. Shooting begins early 2008.