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Weinstein Co's 'Woman in Gold' Starts Filming with Mirren and All-Star Cast in Austria, UK, and US

Thompson on Hollywood By Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 30, 2014 at 1:29PM

Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Dance, and Tatiana Maslany star in 'Woman in Gold"- a true story of a woman reclaiming her family possessions after a Nazi siege.
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"
BBC America Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"
Gustav Klimt's The Lady in Gold
Gustav Klimt's The Lady in Gold

Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company, UK's BBC Films and Australia's Origin Pictures are starting principal photography on true story "Woman in Gold."

The film stars 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 fin-de-siecle "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing, and playwright-turned-screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") penned the script.

TWC handled international sales at Cannes and will release the film in the US; executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Also in the stellar cast are Ryan Reynolds ("Captives"), Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey"), Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones"), and "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany. 

The film will be shot in Klimt's native Austria as well as the UK and the US. 

This article is related to: Weinsteins, Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co., The Weinstein Company, The Weinsten Co., Elizabeth McGovern, Tatiana Maslany, Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.