Harvey Keitel heading to Fatima for religious drama

19th May 17 | Entertainment News

Actor Harvey Keitel is set to star in a real-life religious drama about the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Fatima will chronicle the aftermath of three children's claims to have witnessed the appearance of the holy figure on six separate occasions in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

Their visions were validated by Roman Catholic Church officials, turning the town into a major pilgrimage site, and now, on the 100th anniversary of the sightings, Italian director Marco Pontecorvo is turning the tale into a movie.

Reservoir Dogs star Keitel will feature in a lead role, alongside Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, reports Variety.com.

Bosses at Arclight Films will pitch the project to potential investors at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in France, days after two of the three kids were posthumously recognised as saints by Pope Francis.

"Cannes is the perfect place to introduce buyers to this heartfelt and timely film, whose main characters were just this week canonised by the Pope," said Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films. "The story of Fatima is what real-life legends are made of."

It's the latest project on Keitel's slate - he is also due to reunite with his Taxi Driver and Mean Streets collaborators Robert De Niro and filmmaker Martin Scorsese on long-gestating mob drama, The Irishman, which is currently in pre-production.

The film, a biopic about real-life union official-turned-mafia hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, has been in development since 2008, and in February (17), it was announced the movie will be premiering on streaming service Netflix.

The Irishman will be based on author Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, in which Sheeran detailed his alleged murder of mafia leader Jimmy Hoffa. The book's title refers to the criminal slang for contract killings.

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