Kate Beckinsale has taken a leading role in writer-director Michael Winterbottom's (24 Hour Party People) upcoming The Face of Angel. Deadline reports that the "Underworld" franchise star will join Daniel Bruhl (The Fifth Estate) and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) in a fictionalized adaptation of Barbie Latza Nadeau's Angel Face. Published in 2010, the true crime tome is officially described as follows:
Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.
Paul Viragh is adapting the screenplay, which will feature Beckinsale as a reporter investigating the case surrounding Delevingne's Knox-equivalent with Bruhl playing a documentary filmmaker doing his own investigation.