Apple Studios is producing the biopic while Oscar-nominated director, Luca Guadagnino will be helming the project.
Apple Studios has confirmed that it will be working on a biopic on the legendary actress Audrey Hepburn. It has also been confirmed that Rooney Mara will be portraying the actress. Mara is also said to be producing the project. The Oscar-nominated Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, will be directing the film, reported Variety. Michael Mitnick, the American playwright who co-wrote The Giver, is tasked with the screenplay for the biopic. As of now, no plot details have been revealed.
Apple Studios is producing and DEADLINE noted that the heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, along with the head of features Matt Dentler are continuing to build their momentum in theatrical fanfare for the streaming service. This biopic is evidence of the platform's bid for greater original content.
Hepburn was a British actress who was a humanitarian as well as a fashion icon. She was born in Brussels and grew up in the Netherlands during World War II when the Germans occupied the country. She was a ballet dancer and began her performance as a chorus girl in London's West End musical theatre. She found her big break when she starred in the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck. She made history at the time for winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for her performance.
She then went on to star in multiple other hit films that have become classics including Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Her performances were memorable in all the films she starred in and went on to earn her the title of EGOT, being one of only 16 people who have won Emmy, Grammy, Academy, and Tony Awards.
After a successful acting career, Hepburn dedicated her efforts to humanitarian relief. She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in 1989. "I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief after World War II," she said when she was given the opportunity to advocate for children. "I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does." For her efforts, Hepburn received the United States' highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1992.
The same year she was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer. She passed away in 1993 at the age of 63 in Switzerland. Hepburn was posthumously awarded the 1993 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and competitive Grammy and Emmy Awards. Her legacy continues to live on and this biopic will help continue it further.
Mara is best known for her breakthrough role as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's 2011 thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She has appeared in multiple critical and commercial successes like Side Effects (2013), Her (2013), Carol (2015), and Lion (2016). She is also well-known for her charity work and empowerment programs for children overseas.