Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.

UK production outfits Blacklisted Films and Leopard Drama (both part of the Argonon group) have attached theatre director Adrian Noble to direct their Danny La Rue biopic.

Based on an original screenplay by Martyn Hesford, the film is currently in development with the BFI Film Fund and is expected to go into production in 2015. 

Sir Danny La Rue, OBE was an British entertainer known for his singing and cross-dressing performances.

Noble, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “What drew me to the project was Martyn’s brilliant and funny screenplay which tells two unexpected love stories in an unexpected way.

“Over the course of his life Danny stood at the fulcrum of a changing British society and his story is filled with potent images where a man could dress as a woman and rub shoulders with royalty and gangsters alike.”

Argonon’s most recent feature The Holding starred Vincent Regan and Kierston Wareing.

Blacklisted Films is also developing Mother of Sorrows, an adaption of Richard McCann’s novel, with British film-maker Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) and psychological horror The Willows with writer Stephen Volk.