Tessa Thompson has signed on to portray jewel thief Doris Payne in a new untitled high-concept action-drama for Codeblack Films. The project is aiming to be in the vein of “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Thomas Crown Affair”.
Over six decades, Payne would enter jewellery stores posing as a well-to-do woman looking for a diamond ring and ask to see an assortment of items.
Using her charm, she would eventually cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases and leave with one or two pieces. She had over twenty aliases, ten Social Security numbers and nine dates of birth.
Thompson and Jeff Clanagan will produce.