EXCLUSIVE: Olga Kurylenko is in talks to join Mandarin Cinéma and Europacorp’s Yves Saint Laurent’s biopic, set to begin shooting in October.
The Ukrainian actress was most recently seen in Tom Cruise sci-fi feature Oblivion and is also known for roles in Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder and James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
Films Distribution handles international sales of Saint Laurent and will pre-sell at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Gaspard Ulliel will play iconic fashion designer Laurent during the years 1965 to 1976. Lisa Ulliel and Robinson Stevenin have also joined the cast.
Bertrand Bonello directs from a screenplay by Thomas Bidegain and Eric and Nicolas Altmayer are producing. Isabelle Grellat serves as executive producer.
Production on the €15m feature is scheduled to run for 10 weeks in Paris and Marrakesh. The cast includes Jérémie Renier and Léa Seydou.
A rival project, titled Yves Saint Laurent, is also in the pipline, directed by Jalil Lespert, for which US rights been snapped up by The Weinstein Company.