You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Taymor canvessing ‘Kahlo’

Hayek starrer to compete with rival prod'n

Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist Diego Rivera, who was Kahlo’s husband.

Taymor is best known for her Broadway staging of “The Lion King”; she made her feature-helming debut with the Anthony Hopkins starrer “Titus.” Getting the visually gifted director would be a coup for Miramax in the wake of the recent revelation that Luis Valdez (“La Bamba”) will helm a rival Kahlo biopic, starring Jennifer Lopez, for producer Francis Ford Coppola at United Artists.

Franchise’s Elie Samaha has recently been in talks to handle the bulk of the financing for that film, slated to go into production around the same time.

Hayek, who has been shepherding “Frida Kahlo” through her Ventanarosa shingle, has a script by Rodrigo Garcia (“Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her”). The two projects are similar in that both focus on Kahlo’s relationship with Rivera and their place in high society in Mexico.

Banderas, who starred with Hayek in “Desperado,” will play David Siqueiros, a painter who is Rivera’s rival on the art scene. Judd will play Tina Modotti, an Italian photographer who was part of Kahlo and Rivera’s social circle, and Norton will do a cameo as Nelson Rockefeller, who had Rivera paint a mural in Rockefeller Center, only to remove it when Rivera refused to change an image of Lenin, which Rockefeller felt went against the capitalist designs of the facility.

Molina has long been circling the film, but his availability is dependent upon scheduling for his CBS series “Ladies Man.”

ICM reps Taymor.

More Film

  • Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers

    Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

    Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist […]

  • Film review: Budapest Noir

    Film Review: 'Budapest Noir'

    Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist […]

  • Johnny Depp

    The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone Interview

    Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist […]

  • Film Director Diversity Report: DGA Says

    Feature Film Director Diversity Remains Low, Directors Guild Reports

    Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist […]

  • Awkwafina

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin to Star in Lulu Wang's Family Movie

    Julie Taymor is negotiating to direct Salma Hayek in the Miramax biopic “Frida Kahlo.” Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd have already agreed to appear in supporting roles, and Edward Norton in a cameo. Hayek has long been committed to the title role as the Mexican painter, with Alfred Molina circling the male lead as muralist […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content