Al Pacino to play a French Artist

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It has been quite a year for Al Pacino after receiving tons of praise and accolades for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack.

Now Variety has revealed Pacino may be setting out for a similar road for a film about another real life figure, French artist Henry Matisse titled Masterpiece. The story is said to be focused on the true story of painter/sculptor/printmaker Matisse’s relationship with his 21 year old nurse Monique Bourgeois, who also served as his model and muse and how that culminated in one of the 20th century’s most important works of art: the Chapelle du Rosaire or more commonly referred to as the Matisse chapel.

Produced by indie company Escape Artists, Masterpiece has locked in Canada’s very own Oscar nominated Deepa Mehta for 2006’s sensational Canadian film Water, as director while Donald Martin is the screenwriter attached. No productions details have been laid out yet and the female leads have not been cast.

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