Guy Pearce Stars & Imperative’s Dan Friedkin Directs ‘Lyrebird’, About Art Forger Whose Paintings Duped Nazis

Guy Pearce Claes Bang

Guy Pearce, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps and Roland Møller are starring in Lyrebird, the true story about an art forger who victimized the Nazis with bang-on copies of masterpieces. The film marks the directorial debut by Dan Friedkin, whose Imperative Entertainment is producing with Ridley Scott. Production is underway in the UK and Holland.

Dutch folk hero Han van Meegeren swindled millions of dollars from the Nazis by selling them forgeries of Johannes Vermeer paintings and is considered the most successful art forger of all time. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby wrote the script with John Orloff.

Friedkin is the principal behind Imperative, who backed Scott’s last-minute All the Money in the World re-shoot weeks before its release, to scrub scandal-scarred Kevin Spacey and replace him with Christopher Plummer, who got Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of J. Paul Getty. Scott in turn is backing up Friedkin’s filmmaker vision here, as producer.

Scott is repped by WME, Pearce by CAA, Bang by UTA, Felix Bloch Erben Agentur und Management, and Sharkey & Co; Vicky Krieps is Tavistock Wood and Agentur Homebase, Møller by CAA, Fergus, Ostby and Orloff by CAA.

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