Depardieu as Rasputin the mad monk
Gérard Depardieu is set to play the legendary Russian mad monk, Rasputin, in a film called Raspoutine, which will tell the final years of the life of the alleged mystic.
For those of you who don't know the story, it was believed he had incredibly strong powers and held some form of hold over the Russian royal family that earned him many rewards, until his many deaths.
I say many because his death(s) are indeed as legendary as the man himself. Grigori Efimovich Rasputin is believed to have had a strong influence over Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and there are wildly polarising views on what his influence was. Some suggest that he had a hand in the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917, while others say that he was a saintly mystic and prophet.
Most of the story seems to be based on rumours and legend, and the truth is probably perhaps much more banal, although of course in those days much more power was placed with characters such as Rasputin.
The sad part of this is that it's going to be a television production and not a feature film of the character, still the story from Variety through Total Film, who again do not provide a link to the original article, tells us that Gérard Depardieu has longed to play the character and so we should see him give a great performance.