Barbra Streisand to Direct Catherine the Great Biopic

Barbra Streisand
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Barbra Streisand at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Barbra Streisand in planning a return to the director’s chair for her first dramatic movie since 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Streisand, one of the most prominent female directors, is tackling the story one of history’s most powerful women, Catherine the Great.

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She is attached to direct the biopic of the Russian empress with the project, being produced by Gil Netter, not yet set up but in the process of being packaged.

Kristina Lauren Anderson wrote the script, which topped the 2014 Blacklist for best unproduced screenplays.

Born Sophia Augusta Fredericka to German royalty, Catherine took power after her husband was assassinated and ruled from 1762 to 1796, in the process reinvigorating the Russian empire and growing it in size and power.

More to come.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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