Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Directing debut for Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett will direct The Happy Prince
Rupert Everett will direct The Happy Prince

Rupert Everett is to make his directorial debut with a film about legendary Irish writer Oscar Wilde.

The Happy Prince will star Rupert as the playwright and Colin Firth as his friend and confidant Reginald "Reggie" Turner.

The pair previously appeared together in the 1999 Wilde adaptation An Ideal Husband.

The casting of Colin, who won an Oscar for The King's Speech, may surprise a few given the alleged animosity between the two British actors.

The film, which will be scripted by Rupert, will look at Wilde's final days and is described as being a mixture of the comic and tragic as he reflects on his life, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Wilde, who is well known for his novel The Picture Of Dorian Grey, was one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation until, at the height of his fame, he was imprisoned.

In 1895, while The Importance Of Being Earnest was still on stage in London, he was arrested and tried for gross indecency for having sex with other men.

He served two years hard labour in prison and died in Paris, aged just 46.

Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Edward Fox are also due to star in The Happy Prince, which will begin shooting next year.

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