Max Irons and Claire Foy are set to star in director Boris Damast's historical drama Vivaldi which will begin principal photography this September at locations in Venice, Bruges, Hungary and Germany.
The producers are also now in the final stages of negotiations with Elle Fanning, Neve Campbell, Jacqueline Bisset, Tom Wilkinson, Alfred Molina and Sebastian Koch to join the cast.
Max Irons (represented in the UK by Tavistock Wood) was recently seen in Sky's The Runaway and stars as Henry in the fantasy film Red Riding Hood. 25 year old Max is the son of Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, and trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Claire Foy recently starred in the highly-acclaimed Channel 4 drama The Promise.
The Vivaldi screenplay is based on the true story of how the headstrong genius and priest Antonio Vivaldi turned a talented, but traumatised group of girls - the illegimate daughters of courtesans – into a world-class orchestra which played the great concert halls of Venice and, ultimately, for the Pope. Vivaldi is exiled and separated from his beloved girls when his maverick ways arouse the suspicion of the powerful and scheming Venetian society. But, on learning of the nature of the dark plot against them, the composer does all in his power to rescue his pupils, his career and the very integrity of the city of Venice.
A rival Vivaldi biopic, to be directed by Patricia Riggen, is also in the works. It focuses on the composer’s struggle between his devotion to his music and priestly vows and to the woman he loved. Jessica Biel, Ben Kingsley, Luke Evans and violin supremo David Garrett have been named as possible cast members for Riggen’s take on the musical genius who was also a Catholic priest. A date for the start of principle photography has not yet been set.