Just a few weeks ago, we reported that producers Jennifer DeLia and Julie Pacino were working on the upcoming biopic of silent era movie star Mary Pickford. They’ve now secured a leading lady — Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) — and spent their time in Cannes searching for actors to play the various men in her life.
According to Forbes (via ThePlaylist), the producers have been swept away by Jude Law, whom they want to play the role of Pickford‘s husband and silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks. He was known for playing his swashbuckling roles in films such as, The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood as well as The Mark of Zorro. The pair were married in 1920, until their divorce in 1936. Law will just need to add a thin mustache in order to resemble the actor who was once dubbed “The King of Hollywood.”
Based on Eileen Whitford‘s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, the film will detail the superstar’s life, including her founding of the United Artists, with Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith. She also played a role in the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, while starring in hundreds of short and feature length films until her death.
Josh Fagin (Warrior) will be writing the script, and Forbes also notes that Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) was once interested in directing the project, but the job is going to producer Jennifer DeLia, as earlier reported.
Would you like to see Law and Demme be a part of this project?
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