Murphy adds surrealistic color to 'Dali'


Cillian Murphy is stocking up on his paint brushes. He will star opposite Al Pacino in "Dali & I: The Surreal Story" for Room 9 Entertainment.

Andrew Niccol is directing, while Room 9 partners David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt and Michael R. Newman produce.

The movie, which will span the 1960s-80s, follows the time in Salvador Dali's life when most of his great work was behind him and he became more flamboyant. Dali (Pacino) also developed a mentor-protege relationship with a young art dealer named Stan Lauryssens (Murphy).

The part of Gala, Dali's wife, has yet to be cast.

Room 9 acquired the project as a spec written by John Salvati, based on Lauryssens' autobiographical book "Dali and I." Niccol rewrote the script.

"Dali" is scheduled to begin shooting in early 2008 on location in Spain and New York.

Daniel Brunt is overseeing the project at Room 9, which was behind Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking."

Murphy most recently starred in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" and Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." He is shooting Beeban Kidron's "Hippie Hippie Shake" for Universal Pictures/ Working Title.

Murphy is repped by UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.