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Mirren in frame for Golden Lady?

Dame Helen Mirren could be continuing her gilty streak, as she considers a role in art drama The Golden Lady.

The 68-year-old actress, who scooped the Fellowship statuette at the Baftas, is in early talks to star in the true-life film about Gustav Klimt's famous painting, The Lady In Gold, a portrait of socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer.

Helen is tipped to play 80-something Jewish refugee Maria Altmann, who took on a government to recover art treasures she believed rightfully belonged to her family, reported the Daily Mail.

Simon Curtis will reportedly direct the film, which has been written by Alexi Kaye Campbell.

Filming is scheduled to begin around the US and Europe in the summer.

The dazzling piece, the first of two portraits of Adele by Klimt, was commissioned by her husband Ferdinand - Maria's uncle. It took the the Austrian artist three years to complete, and was finished in 1907.

With help from lawyer Randol Schoenberg, Maria - who died in 2011 - had a lengthy court battle with the Austrian government, as she used the Supreme Court in Washington and high courts in Vienna to try to have returned five paintings the Nazis looted from her uncle during the war.

The Lady In Gold and four other works were handed back to Maria and her relatives in 2006. The painting was later sold for 135 million US dollars to cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder, who showed it off at his Neue Galerie in New York.

Helen, who last starred in Red 2 and lent her vocal talents to Monsters University, will next be seen in adventure drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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