Ralph Fiennes has acted on both the stage and screen for more than 25 years now, but recently he seems to have developed an affinity for getting behind the camera. According to Screen Daily, Fiennes has just signed on to direct a feature drama about legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. This would be his third feature as a director after “Coriolanus” and “The Invisible Woman,” but he apparently has no plans to appear in the film.
Nureyev died at the age of 53 after a long-time battle with HIV, and while there are several different aspects of his life that are worthy of being covered, the movie will specifically take place during the time period when he defected from the Soviet Union and moved to the West in 1961. The screenplay is being penned by British playwright/screenwriter David Hare (“The Reader”) and will be produced by Gabrielle Tana, who also produced Fiennes’s other directorial efforts.
Production will not start until late 2016 as Fiennes is still wrapping up “Spectre,” and he’s also supposed to star in an upcoming David Hare stage production next year. It’s good to see Fiennes will be keeping himself busy for the foreseeable future. Let’s hope this Nureyev movie will wind up being as good as it promises to be.