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Aisling Franciosi to star in legal drama, Rothko opposite Russell Crowe
09 Mar 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Actress Aisling Franciosi
The Irish actress has landed the lead role in Rothko, a film about the protracted legal dispute between Kate Rothko, the daughter of the painter Mark Rothko; the painter's estate executors; and the directors of his gallery, Marlborough Fine Art.

Franciosi, who shot to prominence on Northern Irish drama The Fall, will play Kate, while Oscar-winner Russell Crowe will portray her father, Mark Rothko. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), the film will also star Golden Globe-winning actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal AnimalsKick Ass), BAFTA-winner Jared Harris (ChernobylMad Men), and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name,The Shape of Water).

Rothko is adapted from Lee Seldes’ book The Legacy of Mark Rothko, with the screenplay from Lara Wood focusing on the revelations in the case relating to abuses of power, conspiracy, and greed that shocked the art world.

“Rothko is not just a movie about the great artist, but rather a timeless story about right versus wrong,”filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson told Deadline. “It’s Kate Rothko’s journey to protect the seminal paintings from the corrupt men who betrayed her father and stole his art. It is a reckoning with men in positions of power who try everything to destroy her father’s legacy.”

Sam Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jared Freedman, and David Silverton feature as producers on the film, with Jonathan Schwartz and Logan Lerman executive producing. Filming is due to commence during the summer.

Franciosi first came to national attention playing the role of Jamie Dornan’s love-struck babysitter in The Fall, as Gabriel Byrne’s daughter in Quirke, and as Lyanna Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones

However, the actress came to international attention for her role in The Nightingale, which saw her named as one of Europe’s Shooting Star for 2019 and win the IFTA Rising Star Award at their 2020 IFTA Virtual Ceremony where she was also nominated for her performance in The Nightingale.

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