Tony Award and Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush will portray Tony-winning Oliver! composer Lionel Bart in an upcoming musical biopic, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Directed by Vadim Jean — who will work with writer and composer Elliot Davis, a student Bart hired to help him transcribe his scores, on the film — the story will use Bart's music to tell his "rags-to-riches-and-back-again story."
"It's a full-blown musical, and we're using versions of his songs in ways that you've never heard before," Jean told the Daily Mail.
Rush, who won a 2009 Tony Award for his performance in Exit the King, will play Bart in his later years. Jean and BBC Films executives are searching for an actor to portray the composer between the ages of 28 and 35.
Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot) is attached to choreograph the film, which plans to begin filming this autumn.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
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Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You