The BBC has confirmed that Helen Mirren and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) will be playing the older and younger Maria Altmann respectively in a new film Woman in Gold.
Altmann, a Jewish World War II survivor fought the Austrian Government to retrieve five Gustav Kilimt portraits stolen from her family during the war. Altmann unsuccessfully tried to get the paintings back from Austria, but could not due to legalities that required she pay filing costs that were a percentage of the paintings’ worth — USD$1.5 million as the paintings were worth USD$135 million. Eventually, through filing in US court system, she and Austria came to a binding arbitration, which resulted in the return of the paintings to her.
Ryan Reynolds (what?) and Daniel Bruhl are rounding out the cast.
In other news, Helen Mirren is also starring in The Hundred-Foot Journey based on the novel by Richard C. Morais. And it looks GOOD.