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Abbie Cornish To Star In ‘Fellini Black And White’

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 1:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Abbie Cornish has been cast in the female lead role of Betty in Fellini Black And White. Betty is the beautiful veterinarian that Fellini falls in love with when he comes to Los Angeles for the Oscars in 1957 and wins Best Picture for Nights Of Cabiria. The Henry Bromell-directed film also stars William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage, Brazilian star Wagner Moura, who’ll play the iconic director, and Nina Arianda, who signed on recently to play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife. Andrew Lazar is producer and Bromell wrote the script.

Cornish next stars in Robocop, playing the wife of the title character (Joel Kinnaman). She also plays a supporting role in Martin McDonagh’s The Seven Psychopaths. She’s repped by WME and Untitled.

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Nina Arianda To Play Italian Diva Giulietta Masina In ‘Fellini Black And White’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After her Tony Award-winning turn in Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda has gotten on Hollywood’s radar. She was just set to play Janis Joplin in the biopic to be directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s Sean Durkin. Now, she has signed to play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, wife of filmmaker Federico Fellini, in Fellini Black and White. The film is being helmed by Henry Bromell, the consulting producer and writer of Homeland, and it’s produced by Andrew Lazar. Bromell wrote the script and shooting begins early next year. Arianda joins William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage, and Brazilian star Wagner Moura, who’ll play the iconic director.

Fellini Black and White takes place during Fellini and Masina’s visit to Los Angeles for the 1958 Academy Awards, where their film Nights of Cabiria won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Often called his muse, Masina was married to Fellini for fifty years until his passing in 1993, and she died months after her husband.

Arianda has also recently joined the cast of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. She emerged from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and won the Venus in Fur audition with a single audition. She won the Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play. She’s repped by ICM Partners.

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