Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film

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Michael Hoffman is directing the film for Netflix.

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is slated to play Gore Vidal in a new Netflix film about the writer's life. 

Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) is directing the biopic. The project is currently in preproduction in Rome. Andy Paterson is producing. 

Shooting will begin at the end of August in Rome, according to sources, and then move to the Amalfi Coast, where most of the film will take place. 

Vidal purchased his infamous cliffside mansion in Ravello, La Rondinaia, in 1972 and moved there permanently in 1993. 

The writer hosted numerous international celebrities in the seven-bedroom mansion over the years, including Mick Jagger, Susan Sarandon, Hillary Clinton, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. 

Vidal sold the Amalfi Coast mansion in 2004, and it was again placed on the market in 2015. 

He spent a number of years in Italy. After making it big in Hollywood as a scriptwriter on films including Suddenly Last Summer and Ben Hur, Vidal settled in Rome to redefine his career as a novelist.

After befriending Federico Fellini, he appeared as himself in Roma and later wrote a draft of Casanova. Vidal wrote a number of novels in Italy, including Washington, D.C. (1967). 

Vidal never saw himself as an expatriate in Italy, but rather considered La Rondinaia his "perch" from which to view the world.