×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy-set story is based on Jess Walter's bestseller

“Need For Speed” actress Imogen Poots will star in Cross Creek Pictures and Smuggler Films’ “Beautiful Ruins” with Todd Field set to direct. Filming is set to start in May in Italy.

Based on the Jess Walter novel that became a bestseller after its publication in June 2012, the story follows an American ingenue who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of “Cleopatra.” Poots will star as the young actress Dee Moray. Casting is under way for the male roles, which include a young Italian hotelier, “Cleopatra” star Richard Burton, a WWII veteran working to complete a novel and a studio raconteur.

Field, who directed “Little Children” and “In the Bedroom,” is writing the script with Walter. Field will produce through his Standard Film, along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Smuggler’s Brian Carmody and Patrick Milling Smith. Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek.

After breaking onto the scene in the horror pic “28 Weeks Later,” Poots has become one of Hollywood’s hot young actresses. In the next year she has films set to bow that include Focus’ “The Awkward Moment” with Zac Efron, “Need For Speed,” “A Long Way Down” and “All Is By My Side.”

She recently completed lensing “Squirrels To The Nuts.” She is repped by CAA and Independent in the U.K.

CAA, which packaged the film, will represent its domestic distribution rights.

Beautiful Ruins” has sold more than a million copies and has been translated into 25 languages.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • "Weathering With You" directed by Makoto

    'Weathering With You' Hit Anime Selected as Japan’s Oscars Contender

    “Weathering with You,” the hit animation by Makoto Shinkai, has been selected as Japan’s contender for a the International Feature Film Awards at the Oscars, the Japan Motion Picture Producers Association(Eiren) announced on Monday. As of Wednesday last week, “Weathering” had grossed more than $94 million in Japanese theaters. The film is the first animated [...]

  • (from left) Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)

    China Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Roars to Top With $101 Million Debut

    Revving up against a line-up completely devoid of serious competitors, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” roared to the top of China’s box office with a $101 million debut, figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway show — more than four times the haul of the weekend’s second highest grossing title. China is one of the [...]

  • El Principe

    First Look: Trailer for Venice Critics' Week Prison Drama 'El Principe' (EXCLUSIVE)

    “How did you end up in here?” an older inmate asks Jaime, a young man who unexpectedly finds himself in prison. The answer: He killed his best friend. “El Principe” is Chilean director Sebastián Muñoz’s debut feature and has its world premiere in the Critics’ Week section at the Venice Film Festival. Set in Chile [...]

  • Leonardo Dicaprio Once Upon a Time

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance Commits $5 Million to Amazon Fires

    Earth Alliance, an environmental initiative backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following an alarming surge in wildfires. After launching Sunday, the organization’s emergency Amazon Forest Fund is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the sensitive habitats within the [...]

  • (from left) Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)

    Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Scores $102 Million Debut in China, Nears $600 Million Globally

    Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” returned to first place on the international box office charts, thanks to a massive $102 million debut in China. The “Fast & Furious” spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, collected another $120 million overseas, boosting its foreign tally to $441 million. “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $600 million mark [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content