Barbra Streisand is set to direct a biopic of 18th century Russian empress Catherine the Great from Kristina Lauren Anderson’s Blacklist-topping script. It would be Streisand’s fourth dramatic feature, and first since 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” (The others are 1983’s “Yentl” and 1991’s “The Prince of Tides.”)
Produced by Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “Sea of Trees”), the project focuses on perhaps the most powerful woman in Russian history: Catherine ruled the Russian Empire from 1762 to her death in 1796, a period sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” of Russian nobility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s plot follows “a young, sensual Catherine trapped in an abusive marriage” who “utilizes her intelligence, fortitude and passion to rise to power.”
Oscar winner Streisand (Best Actress in 1969 for “Funny Girl”; Best Song in 1977 for “A Star Is Born”) most recently starred in 2012’s “The Guilt Trip,” and has had roles in all of her directorial efforts to date. No word yet on whether she’ll appear in the Catherine the Great project.