Rooney Mara to star in and produce Audrey Hepburn biopic

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Rooney Mara appears in the drama “Carol.” [StudioCanal photo]

Two-time Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (“Carol,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is set to star in and produce a new biographical film about Oscar-winning icon Audrey Hepburn.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will be helmed by Oscar-nominated Italian director Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Suspiria”).

Michael Mitnick (“The Staggering Girl,” “The Current War”) is writing the film, which has been set up at Apple Studios.

Although plot details have yet to be unveiled, Hepburn’s storied life and career offers ample material for a biopic. Last year, Variety reported that Jacqueline Hoyt (“The Good Wife,” “The Underground Railroad”) is writing a drama series titled “Audrey” about the Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. The series is reportedly being produced by Italy’s Wildside, the Fremantle company behind “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend,” based on a treatment co-written by Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti and Italian journalist Luigi Spinola.

Born May 4, 1929, in Belgium, Hepburn appeared in such iconic films as “My Fair Lady,” “Funny Face” and “Charade.” The British stage and screen legend was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress five times: for 1953’s “Roman Holiday,” for 1954’s “Sabrina,” for 1959’s “The Nun’s Story,” for 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and for 1967’s “Wait Until Dark.”

Audrey Hepburn appears in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” [Paramount Pictures photo]

She won the Oscar for “Roman Holiday” in 1954, the same year she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for “Ondine.”

In 1967, Hepburn entered semi-retirement, shifting her focus from films to her family. She did not return to acting until 1976, when she co-starred with Sean Connery in the historical romance “Robin and Marian.” She only starred in a few more movies – her last film credit was Steven Spielberg’s 1989 drama “Always” – but she continued to prove a cultural force beyond cinema.

A muse for French designer Hubert de Givenchy, Hepburn was a fashion icon. In the 1980s, she turned her attention to  humanitarian projects, becoming a special goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1988.

Hepburn died of cancer Jan. 20, 1993 in Switzerland. She was 63.

Later that year, she posthumously received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Informational Programming for “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn.”

In 1994, she won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales.” The honor elevated her to EGOT status as an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner. Hepburn was the first person to become an EGOT posthumously, according to Biography.


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