HanWay to launch project in Berlin.

Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) is to star as artist Alberto Giacometti in Stanley Tucci-directed drama Final Portrait, which HanWay will launch this week at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM) (Feb 5-13).

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The film will recount Giacometti’s life as told by his old friend and US art critic, James Lord as he sits to have his portrait painted. The film is based on Lord’s book about Giacometti.

Gail Egan’s Potboiler will produce with Ilann Girard, Fred Hogg and Olive Productions. Additional casting is underway.

The Hunger Games star Tucci has written and will direct.

Tucci said: “I am thrilled to bring this story of Giacometti and his dear friend James Lord to the screen based on one of the great books of our time.

“I cannot imagine anyone better to play the extraordinary artist than the extraordinary Geoffrey Rush.”

Mr. Turner exec Egan added: “This is a beautiful script, witty, clever and very enjoyable. And it is wonderful to be working with Stanley and this extremely talented cast and crew.

Thorsten Schumacher of HanWay Films commented: “This is an undeniably charming story about two opposites, The Odd Couple of their time.

“Stanley Tucci has written a wonderfully nuanced script and will bring out the warmth and energy between these two great actors in their performance.”