Murphy joins Pacino in 'Dali' portrait


Cillian Murphy is stocking up on his paint brushes in order to 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 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, who will be played by Murphy.

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

Room 9 originally 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 award winning "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 currently shooting Beeban Kidron's "Hippie Hippie Shake" for Universal Pictures/Working Title.

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