Reported by Matilda Mornane.
The latest thriller from Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me), set for release in 2014, will now star Kate Beckinsale. Beckinsale is best known for her role as a vampire hybrid in the Underworld saga.
The Face of an Angel, with a script from Paul Viragh, will be based on the book Angel Face, written by Rome-based journalist Barbie Latza Nadaeu, about the story of Amanda Knox. Knox, an American college student who travelled to Italy to study in 2007, was convicted of the murder of her roommate, and consequently spent four years in an Italian jail. In 2011 her conviction was then overturned, and Knox was released from prison.
With a case so highly publicized, Winterbottom’s film is sure to draw a lot of attention. Add to the mix a few high profile names, and this may be one of the most anticipated films of 2014. Knox’s story created headlines for weeks, and even years, as the case and the behavior of the suspects proceeded to become stranger over time.
The Face of an Angel will tell the story of a young woman suspected of murder, played by model Cara Delevingne. Beckinsale will play a journalist following the case, while Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, Rush) will portray a documentary filmmaker trying to get to the truth of the story.
The film has just begun production in Tuscany, Italy. It is being produced by Melissa Parmenter (The Road to Guantanamo, The Trip), and is backed by BBC Films.
For those interested, here’s Amazon’s book synopsis:
Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.