Variety is reporting from Cannes that Audrey Tautou will play famous French designer CoCo Chanel in a biopic. French screenwriter/actress Anne Fontaine will spearhead the project. The article continues:
The film, which will focus on Chanel's childhood and early womanhood, was specially conceived with Tautou in mind, said Haut et Court's Caroline Benjo.
"Anne said she would only make a film about Chanel if Audrey was in the lead. They met and both liked the idea."
Said Benjo: "It isn't really a biopic because it is about Chanel before she became famous, it is about the events and people that shaped her."
Included in these events will most likely be Chanel's stint as a cabaret singer — her first career choice — where she gained the nickname "CoCo" while singing "Who's Seen Coco in the Trocadero." At the cabaret, Chanel began sewing the stage clothes of cabaret stars, ultimately leading to her career in fashion. As a huge fan of Audrey Tautou's, I am anxiously awaiting this project so I can once again watch her do her usual charming and adorable thing.