Diane Kruger has joined Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart in the upcoming film JT Leroy
Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) has joined the cast of the upcoming film JT Leroy, according to Deadline. She’ll join Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) in the cast of the film. JT Leroy is the true story of two women who created a male author personal, fooling people for years.
Kruger will play Eva, “a French actress who brings JT to Paris, falls for him, then helps turn his life story into a film.” Stewart will play Savannah Knoop, who made public appearances as Leroy. Dern will play Laura Albert, Knoop’s sister-in-law who created the character. JT Leroy will begin production this July.
Here is the Amazon description of the book by Savannah Knoop that the film is based on, detailing the hoax: “The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT’s fans, mentors, and readers came to terms with the fact that the gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind was really a girl from San Francisco, whose sister-in-law wrote the books. ‘Girl Boy Girl’ is the story of how Savannah Knoop led this bizarre double life for six years, trading a precarious existence as a college dropout for a life in which she was embraced by celebrities and artists—Carrie Fisher, Courtney Love, Mary Ellen Mark, Winona Ryder, Asia Argento, Sharon Olds, Gus Van Sant, Mike Pitt, Calvin Klein, and Shirley Manson, to name a few—and traveled the world. Telling her side of the story for the first time, Savannah reveals how being perceived as a boy gave her a sense of confidence and entitlement she never had before. Her love affair with Asia Argento is particularly wrenching, as they embark on an intimate relationship that causes more alienation than closeness. As Savannah and Laura struggle over control of the JT character, Savannah realizes the limits of the game – – and inadvertently finds herself through the adventure of being someone else.”
Cassian Elwes will finance and produce with Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn and Patrick Walmsley and Thirty Three Management’s Thor Bradwell. JT Leroy will be executive produced by Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros, Sobini’ Cami Winikoff and Tyler Boehm, and Gary Pearl.
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