The figure of Coco Chanel is going to be brought alive to the big screen by Audrey Tautou.
That's right, the lauded French actress reportedly has signed on to play the famous French designer in a film documenting her life before she reached success and popularity. Budgeted at $15 million, the untitled biopic will be made loosely based on the Chanel biography "L'Irreguliere" by Edmonde Charles-Roux.
Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2008 under the direction of French filmmaker Anne Fontaine who is set to helm from the script she wrote alongside Christopher Hampton.
"I wanted to follow the interior path of this young woman who was poor, without education, but who had an uncommon personality that was ahead of her time," Fontaine told Le Film Francais movie journal.
Project turns out to be just one of a number of current projects focusing on Chanel's life as William Friedkin and Danielle Thompson are both on the move to also make biopics about the fashion figure. The former's take, entitled "Coco & Igor", will center on Chanel's relationship with composer Igor Stravinsky with actress Marina Hands toplining.
Tautou, well known in her homeland for her performance in "Venus Beauty Institute", rose to international recognition after playing the eccentric titular character in "Amelie." She recently starred in Columbia Pictures' controversial flick "The Da Vinci Code" playing Sophie Neveu, the granddaughter of slain Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere.