premiere of writer-director Douglas McGrath's
Infamous, a biopic about writer Truman Capote,
will open the 63rd Venice International Film Festival,
organizers said Tuesday. The film will screen August
31 as the Horizon Selection at the Venice event.
It stars Toby
Jones as Capote and features a star-studded cast including
Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Lee Pace, Peter Bogdanovich,
Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella
Rossellini, Juliet Stevenson, and Sigourney Weaver.
The feature is based on George Plimpton's book Truman
Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies,
Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent
Like last year's
Capote, which reaped an Academy Award for
Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in the title role,
Infamous recounts the part of Capote's life
during which he investigates a Kansas crime for his
groundbreaking book In Cold Blood. With the
help of Harper Lee (Bullock), Capote interviews
murderers Perry Smith (Craig) and Dick Hickock (Pace).
Warner Independent Pictures will release the film
worldwide in October. The Venice festival runs August
30-September 9. (Reuters)