Australian actress Abbie Cornish has been cast in the female lead role of Betty in Frederico Fellini biopic “Fellini Black and White”, according to Deadline. Brazilian star Wagner Maura plays the legendary Italian director while Tony winner Nina Arianda is set for the role of his wife, Italian actress Giulietta Masina. The cast of the 1950s drama is rounded out by William H. Macy, Terrence Howard and Peter Dinklage.
Written and to be directed by Henry Bromell, “Fellini Black and White” will follow Fellini and Masina’s 1957 trip to Los Angeles, where he would win his first Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. The trip, however, was marred in mystery as he disappeared for two days and almost didn’t make it to his ceremony. Bromell will speculate that Il Maestro “fell under the spell of Hollywood and America in the 1950s and spent the two days discovering jazz, surfing and romancing a local lover who was a vet. He then emerged as a changed man who broke with his previous neo-realist style and went on to create his greatest movie hits.” Cornish will play that veterinarian.
Cornish, who appeared in “Limitless”, “Sucker Punch” and Madonna’s “W.E.” last year, will soon be seen in crime caper comedy “Seven Psychopaths” with Sam Rockwell. She also recently landed the female lead in the “Robocop” remake opposite Joel Kinnaman and is also attached to star in indie drama “An Ordinary Man” with Brendan Gleeson.