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Pacino To Play Artist Salvador Dali

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Academy Award winner Al Pacino will play artist Salvador Dali in the film "Dali & I: The Surreal Story," according to Variety.

The film is based on an adaptation on the Stan Lauryssen book "Dali and I." Andrew Niccol, who previously directed Pacino in "Simone," will direct.

The film will be produced by Room 9 partners David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt and Michael R. Newman, who worked together for "Thank You For Not Smoking."

The biopic covers the life of Salvador Dali through the eyes of Stan Lauryssens, an art dealer who knew Dali and his wife Gala personally. It centers the latter days of Dali, which Niccol describes as the period in which the painter took his career in its most "surreal" direction. Niccol also said Pacino was chosen because he "understood the subject." What that means remains to be seen.

The producers have set a June start date in New York and Spain. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on January 18, 2007 9:52 PM
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