Kate Moss is executive producing a new biopic dubbed Moss & Freud, recalling her relationship with one of the most prolific 20th-century English portraitist artists, Lucian Freud. With the help of Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Phone Call James Lucas, the film will follow Moss’ time sitting for the painter at the height of her fame in 2002.
“After watching The Phone Call I knew that James would convey the emotion in the storytelling in a fitting way, one this memoir deserves,” Moss wrote in a statement, which was acquired by Variety. “Having been involved in the project and script development from the beginning I am now very excited to see the film come to life.”
GFG Films and Matthew Metcalfe are set to produce alongside Moss with the support of the Lucian Freud Archive, while Cornerstone Films is set to tackle distribution.
Although Freud was known to avoid celebrity placements, the artist contacted Moss after reading an interview where she divulged one of her goals in life was to be a subject in one of his works. During her pregnancy with daughter Lila Grace Moss Hack, Freud painted the supermodel over a nine-month period.
Named Naked Portrait 2002, the piece was purchased at Christie’s Auction House for 6.5 million in 2005, setting a record for Freud.
“He taught me discipline,” Moss recalled to photographer Nick Knight in a 2014 ShowStudio interview. “I could not be late. If I was five minutes late, he would kick off. But only once I was five minutes late, and he said, ‘Are you on drugs?!’ And I said, ‘No, I’m pregnant!’”
With her very own souvenir from the experience, Freud tattooed a pair of swallows on Moss’s lower back. Moss previously said of her iconic ink, “I mean, it’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million?”
While we await more information such as a release date, we’re left wondering who could possibly be cast as Moss. Watch this space for updates.