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Irish Independent
Irish Independent
By Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Helen Mirren to star as US novelist Patricia Highsmith in new film Switzerland

Helen Mirren to star as US novelist Patricia Highsmith in new film Switzerland (Matt Crossick/PA)

Dame Helen Mirren will star as renowned US novelist Patricia Highsmith in new film Switzerland.

The film’s plot will mirror one of the Tom Ripley novels for which Texas-born Highsmith was most famous.

The Oscar-winning actress’ attachment to the project was announced by production company FilmNation on Tuesday.

Dame Helen Mirren (PA)

The story sees Highsmith’s life of solitude in the Swiss Alps interrupted by young literary agent Edward, who is sent by her publishing company to convince her to pen one last novel in her Ripley series.

The writer initially tries to use her macabre imagination to scare the young man away, before a world-changing collaboration ensues.

Highsmith’s Tom Ripley book series including titles such as Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, and The Talented Mr Ripley, which was made into a 1999 film starring Matt Damon and Jude Law.

The author, famous for her psychological thrillers and described by contemporary Graham Greene as “the poet of apprehension”, died in Switzerland in 1995 and the age of 74.

2H7DM09 the writer Patricia Highsmith (USA) here at his home in Aurigeno (Locarno, Switzerland) in June 1985

Switzerland is set to be directed by Anton Corbijn, whose credits include Control, A Most Wanted Man and The American.

Its producers are Gaby Tana, Troy Lum and Andrew Mason, Jim Robison and Kurt Martin.

Filming will take place later this year in Europe with additional casting underway, FilmNation said.

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