Simon Curtis (“My Week with Marilyn”) will direct from a script by Alexi Campbell. Production is expected to start in May.
Mirren will play Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria who was able to reclaim five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt that were stolen by the Nazis. Reynolds will play her attorney and Bruhl will play his adversary.
Altmann became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1945. She filed suit in federal court in 2000 to recover the paintings and received a favorable ruling U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2004 that Austria was not immune from a suit.
In 2006, an arbitration panel of three Austrian judges found that Austria was legally required to return the art to Altmann and the other family heirs. Altmann died in 2011.
Reynolds is starring in Focus’ sci-fier “Selfless” and recently finished “Mississippi Grind.” Bruhl was seen in “Rush” and “The Fifth Estate” and will be seen in “A Most Wanted Man.”
Reynolds and Bruhl are both repped by WME.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.