Luca Guadagnino’s Audrey Hepburn biopic is no more

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The Rooney Mara-led Audrey Hepburn biopic has been scrapped as director Luca Guadagnino continues to juggle a mighty raft of projects. 

At the beginning of last year, we heard that Apple was backing Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino as he set out to craft a biopic of Audrey Hepburn, one of cinema’s most iconic leading performers. Casting looked pitch perfect for the project too, with news emerging that Rooney Mara was set to step into Hepburn’s shoes for the film.

Then Guadagnino got very busy.

Challengers, his romantic drama, was pushed from its autumn release into next year due to the strikes that have engulfed Hollywood. He’s also making The Shards for HBO. Then there’s the recently-wrapped Queer, the period drama which will see him collaborate with Daniel Craig. Guadagnino also has a Lord Of The Flies project on the slate. Oh, and the small matter of a Scarface remake that he’s been attached to for a while now.

When juggling so many projects, something has to give – and it looks like the Hepburn biopic is the project that’s gotten lost in the shuffle. Guadagnino himself signalled the project’s demise in a Q&A that took place at the London Film Festival the other day. “Unfortunately that project is not happening”, he confirmed. “It’s very sad, was a great script. Of course, a great actress to play Audrey. Maybe, one day.”

So there you go. Everything looked set up for something special here but it seems like the project is no more. Should that change at any point in the future, we’ll let you know.

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