Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg are all in early talks to star in Ridley Scott‘s real-life untitled kidnapping drama.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. Getty (grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty) was 16 and living in Rome when he was kidnapped. Per the outlet:
The mobsters demanded $17 million for his return but the senior Getty, famous for his penny-pinching ways, refused. Weeks later, the boy’s ear arrived at a newspaper office.
J. Paul Getty still refused to pay and a negotiation ensued, with the billionaire finally paying $2.2 million.
Reports claim that Natalie Portman was initially in talks to play Getty III’s mother, Abigail Getty, who became a force of nature to get her son back when his grandfather refused. Should Williams formally join, she would tackle the role instead.
Meanwhile, Spacey would play Jean Paul Getty, while Wahlberg would play ex-CIA agent Fletcher Chase.
The potential castmates have quite the pedigree. Spacey is a two-time acting Oscar winner for “American Beauty” and “The Usual Suspects.”
Williams is a four-time Oscar nominee, most recently for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.”
Wahlberg is also a two-time nominee for “The Departed” and for producing “The Fighter.”
Stay tuned for more details on the film as it develops.