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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama The White Crow

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RALPH Fiennes is to direct a biographical drama about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Entitled The White Crow, the film will be based on Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life, which has been adapted by David Hare, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind The Hours and The Reader.

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play the lead alongside Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) as Clara Saint, a French woman who assisted Nureyev’s defection from the Soviet Union.

Commenting on the project, Fiennes said: “This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship. It is equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”

Production is due to begin in the summer, with shooting on location in St Petersburg and Paris.

Fiennes has previously directed Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman.

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