Artisan Pictures has set Billy Crudup and Claire Danes to star in “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” with Richard Eyre (“Iris”) directing.
Crudup and Danes have been sweet on the project for months. It was developed by Tribeca Prods. partners Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, and became a reality when Qwerty Films, headed by former Polygram Film president Michael Kuhn, stepped up as a co-financier.
Scripted by Jeffrey Hatcher from his play, “Compleat” stars Crudup as Edward Kynaston, renowned for his ability to play female roles on the English stage at a time when men played all the parts. That changed in 1661, and the romantic drama revolves around Kynaston’s attempt to reinvent himself as a man. At the same time, the young woman who had been his dresser (Danes) is fast becoming a star playing the parts he once owned.
With the help of partners, Artisan Pictures has been getting aggressive on the production front, with “Havana Nights,” “The Punisher” and the Michael Mann-directed “Tonight, He Comes” among its upcoming projects.
Crudup, who’ll next be seen onscreen in the Tim Burton-directed “Big Fish,” has been set to star alongside Kevin Kline this fall in “Henry IV” at Lincoln Center. Danes next stars in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”