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Kate Beckinsale signed on to a role in Michael Winterbottom's Amanda Knox-inspired film "The Face of an Angel," according to reports this week.
The docu-drama is not expected for release until next year, but the story follows both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker who are chasing a murder case and its prime suspect, reported Variety.
Beckinsale joins a cast of Daniel Bruhl and model Cara Delevingne, and the film resembles the story of Amanda Knox. It is based on the book "Angel Faces" by Barbie Latza Nadeau. However, Paul Viragh penned the script.
In 2009, Knox, an American, was convicted alongside a boyfriend for the murder of Meredith Kercher, her housemate in Italy. The victim was found with more than 40 wounds, including a deep gash in the throat, in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia. The crime was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault that portrayed Knox as a sex-obsessed maniac, according to prosecutors.
Knox served four of the 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was turned over on Oct. 3, 2011.
However, on March 26, 2013, the Italian Supreme Court overturned Knox's acquittal; sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. Knox is still facing retrial for the murder of her British roommate today.
"I think I am paying for the mistakes of the police, of the investigators who don't want to admit that they are wrong," she said during a prerecorded Skype interview with Italian state RAI television on Oct. 15.
Nevertheless, "The Face of An Angel" star Beckinsale as the journalist and Bruhl as the filmmaker, while Delevingne will portray the murder suspect.
The film will start in Tuscany, Italy, with BBC Films backing the production and Melissa Parmenter serving as producer.
Beckinsale, 40, most recently appeared in "Eliza Graves" alongside Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. The actress is best known for her roles in "Serendipity" and the "Underworld" film series.