Lily Rabe will star as Mary Pickford in an as-yet-untitled biopic movie based on Eileen Whitfield’s book ‘Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood’ at Poverty Row Entertainment.
Producer Jennifer DeLia told Deadline:
Julie and I noticed an intriguing quality in Lily when watching her perform on stage – something that felt so authentic and pitch-perfect. And like Lily, Mary Pickford’s inner-fabric was made up in big part by her experiences with live performance in the theater.
The project will explore an Academy Award winning actress’ career as an iconic performer and her role in cofounding United Artists in 1919.
Josh Fagin (Yakuza) is writing the script with shooting to begin early next year. Producers Julie Pacino and DeLia are currently at Cannes seeking actors to play the roles of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, her mother and manager Charlotte Hennessy and her friend and collaborator Frances Marion, five key people in Pickford’s life.
Rabe, who has appeared in movies such as Never Again, Mona Lisa Smile, No Reservations and The Toe Tactic will next star in this summer’s famed Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It. She was most recently starred in the new Broadway play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck.
Sounds interesting? Stay tuned.