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Helen Mirren Set to Reclaim Art Stolen by Nazis in 'The Woman in Gold'; Weinsteins On Board

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by Beth Hanna
February 21, 2014 12:37 PM
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Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company is on board period drama "The Woman in Gold"; the film is set to star Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.

One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million.

Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") will helm, and playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") has penned the script.

The production is eyeing a start later this year. TWC is handling international sales (with sights set on Cannes) and US distribution.

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