Magazine article Screen International

Ralph Fiennes to Direct Rudolf Nureyev Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Ralph Fiennes to Direct Rudolf Nureyev Drama

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Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare's last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners included Margot Fonteyn and Yvette Chauviré, died aged 53 after contracting HIV. …

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