Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller
eOne is financing the biopic and will distribute in its own territories.
Kate Winslet is joining a growing cohort of British actresses set to play noted war correspondents.
The Oscar winner is set to star as Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled biopic about the famed American photographer, model, artist and correspondent who was a leading figure in documenting World War II for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities that were committed to the attention of the world.
The film — being fully financed by eOne, which will also distribute in its own territories — will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features alongside Winslet herself, and will document Miller’s life, as told by her son, Antony Penrose, in the only authorized biography, The Lives of Lee Miller. Production is expected to being in 2018, with a director yet to be announced.
"I am delighted to work with Kate Winslet, eOne and Hopscotch to share the life story of my mother, Lee Miller," said Penrose. "Their integrity and respect for the truth has earned them the absolute trust of myself and my family and we have allowed access to all aspects of our lives and history through interviews, our personal papers and material held in The Lee Miller Archives and The Roland Penrose Archive, the latter being part of The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh."
Earlier this year, Rosamund Pike signed up to star in A Private War as famed U.S. correspondent Marie Colvin, who reported from conflicts in Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and died in 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. In June, Carey Mulligan was announced as playing Australian reporter Kate Webb, who was held in captivity for 23 days during the Vietnam War, in On the Other Side.