French actor Gérard Depardieu is set to play Joseph Stalin in an upcoming film.
The actor, who gained Russian citizenship in 2013, is due to play Stalin in a film by French actress and director Fanny Ardant, entitled Stalin’s Sofa. Based on French author Jean-Daniel Baltassat’s 2013 novel of the same name, the film is to be produced by French/Portuguese company Leopardo Filmes, while Russia’s Mosfilm studio will provide the costumes and props.
Set in the 1950s Soviet Union, the movie will focus on the story of on a young artist commissioned to create a monument to Stalin.
Mr Depardieu has already expressed his desire to play the role of Ivan the Terrible in a film, stating his readiness to learn the language in preparation for such a role.
Source: Hollywood Reporter