Barbra Streisand has come aboard to direct Catherine The Great, a feature film from the Black List script written by Kristina Lauren Anderson. Gil Netter is aboard to produce, and now with Streisand attached casting is underway. The deal means the pic will mark Streisand’s first directing gig since 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces.

The pic is about a sensual Catherine trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir to the Russian throne. But, when her inept husband proves incapable of ruling, she utilizes her intelligence, fortitude, and passion to rise to power, becoming Catherine the Great.

Streisand’s three directing efforts amassed 14 Oscar noms including seven for 1991’s The Prince Of Tides. Her first directorial effort, 1984’s Yentl, was the first major studio film to be directed, written, produced and star a woman. It won her the directing Golden Globe.

Netter, the producer with Oscar nominations for Life Of Pi and The Blind Side, adds this major get to a slate that includes the just-revealed young Merlin movie written by Philippa Boyens at Disney, The Graveyard Book with director Ron Howard, and The Shack based on the best-selling book starring Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw.

Anderson was recently hired to co-write The Black Count with Cary Fukunaga for Sony. Her other projects include a Warner Bros and Di Novi adaptation of Invisibility, Studio Canal’s Life And Death In Eden with Grand Electric producing, and she recently sold a pitch to Paramount titled The Briefcase. She’s repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.