Kate Beckinsale has signed up for The Face of an Angel, Michael Winterbottom’s upcoming drama about the trial of Amanda Knox. She joins the already cast Daniel Brühl and Cara Delevingne, according to Deadline.
The film revolves around the events surrounding Amanda Knox, a young an American woman living in Italy. She became involved in the November 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. The victim was sexually assaulted, brutalised and then killed. Knox ended up charged with her killing. It appears Beckinsale will be a journalist who follows the case (based on Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau, on whose book the film is based), and discovers how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts.
Interestingly, a while ago Colin Firth was attached to play the journalist – although at the point, the character was of course going to be a man. Delevingne is playing Knox (at one point Winterbottom wasn’t going to include Knox as a character in the movie at all, instead concentrating on the hoopla surrounding the case, so it may not be that be a role) with Daniel Brühl as a documentary filmmaker.