EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that the Bollywood goddess is interested in playing a real-life Second World War spy for British producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor. The $15 million The Spy Princess will be their biggest production yet. I understand that the producers are heading out to India later this year to close financing. Judy Morris (Happy Feet, Babe: Pig In the City) is penning the screenplay. Based on the biography by Shrabani Basu, The Spy Princess tells the true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim Sufi female agent who was awarded both the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre. The project is due to begin shooting before Christmas.
Rai has married into the Bachchan acting dynasty, and I wouldn’t be surprised if her father-in-law, Indian star Amitabh Bachchan, gets involved. Sounds like a good project for some of that Reliance Big Entertainment crossover money too.
Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME), Downey and Taylor’s production company, is currently shooting StreetkidsUnited, a feature docu about a group of British and African street kids competing for the Street World Cup. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours) is executive producing.