Colin Firth is in talks to star in a film about the Amanda Knox case.
The Oscar nominee is set to play a journalist or writer investigating the controversial trial in a film directed by The Killer Inside Me's Michael Winterbottom.
The filmmaker, who was present at a closing hearing in Perugia, Italy, where Knox appeared in court for a slander case, told the Guardian: "There is unlikely to be a character playing Knox - I talked to Firth about the idea of playing a journalist or a writer."
The filmmaker's spokesperson confirmed to Variety that a project based on the Knox case is "in early days".
Variety reports that Michael and Colin have been scouting locations in the area and spending time with Rome-based American journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, author of Angel Face: The True Story Of Student Killer Amanda Knox, in past weeks.
Michael's film would be the second Knox project, following a US TV movie titled The Amanda Knox Story, starring Hayden Panettiere in the title role.
Amanda Knox, along with her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, is serving a 25 year sentence in an Italian jail, after being found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British woman with whom she shared an apartment.