Cannes: Christoph Waltz's Directorial Debut Adds Vanessa Redgrave

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Vanessa Redgrave

The 'Inglourious Basterds' star's crime drama will be introduced to buyers in Cannes.

Christoph Waltz has found himself a formidable leading lady for his upcoming feature directorial debut. 

With three Academy Awards between them, Vanessa Redgrave will star alongside Waltz in Georgetown, a crime drama to be shot this summer in Montreal. 

Based on the screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn, Georgetown is inspired by the true story of Albrecht Muth, who was convicted in 2011 for murdering his much older socialite wife in Washington. Based on one of the city's most sensational scandals of recent times, the film will tell the story of an unconventional love affair, an outsider striving for acceptance and the desperate struggle for significance on every level.

Georgetown will be produced by Brett Ratner (The Revenant, Hercules) through his production company RatPac Entertainment together with David Gerson (True Crimes, Omar) and John Cheng. In addition, artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas will produce through his company Metalwork Pictures, which is also financing. Len Blavatnik of RatPac Entertainment (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) will executive produce.

Cornerstone Films is overseeing international sales and distribution, and will introduce the film to buyers in Cannes. ICM will handle the U.S. sale.

The true story was first reported in the New York Times Magazine titled "The Worst Marriage in Georgetown” by Franklin Foer.