in “Return to Sender
”: Patti PerretRosamund Pike
is set to portray another real-life figure. The Oscar-nominated actress will play American war reporter Marie Colvin
in an untitled film, Deadline reports. Pike was last seen in Amma Asante
’s politically-charged biographical interracial romance “A United Kingdom
” playing Ruth Williams, the white, British wife of King Seretse Khama of Botswana.
Colvin “worked in conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001,” the source writes. She “wore a distinctive eye patch after that, [and] died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.”
Slated to begin production in October in the UK and Middle East, the pic is based on “Marie Colvin
’s Private War
,” a 2012 Vanity Fair article written by Marie Brenner
. Arash Amel
(“Grace of Monaco
”) penned the script, and Matthew Heineman
(“Cartel Land”) will direct.
According to Deadline, the feature is being “produced by Thunder Road Pictures
’ Basil Iwanyk
and Kamala Films
’ Marissa McMahon
, as well as Denver & Delilah Films” with Erica Lee
serving as exec producer. The source doesn’t mention Charlize Theron
, who was initially reported to be producing the project. She’s still listed on the film’s IMDb page.
Pike received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for “Gone Girl
.” “Jack Reacher
,” “An Education,” and “Die Another Day
” are among her other credits.
The Marie Colvin
film isn’t the only high-profile project in the works about a woman documenting international conflict. Jennifer Lawrence
will play Lynsey Addario
in an upcoming adaptation of Addario’s best-selling memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War
,” and Kate Winslet
is set to portray American photographer Lee Miller
in an as-yet-untitled movie. Miller’s photos documented the events and effects of WWII, including the London Blitz and concentration camps.
You can still catch “A United Kingdom
” in theaters.Rosamund Pike
Signs on to Play War Reporter Marie Colvin
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