TORONTO , Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Irish actor Cillian Murphy is set to co-star with Al Pacino in the film adaptation of Stan Lauryssens' autobiographical book, "Dali & I: The Surreal Story."
"Lord of War" and "Gattaca" writer-director Andrew Niccol is set to direct the picture, which is set in the 1960s through the 1980s and chronicles Dali's mentor-protege relationship with a young art dealer.
Pacino will play Dali while Murphy will portray Lauryssens, the art dealer, the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
The part of Dali's wife has yet to be cast.
Although the production company Room 9 Entertainment acquired a screenplay written by John Salvati and based on Lauryssens' book "Dali and I," Niccol has rewritten the script.
The film is to begin shooting early next year in Spain and New York.
Murphy was most recently seen in Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" but he is best-known for his roles in "RedEye," "Batman Begins" and "Breakfast on Pluto."
Niccol and Pacino previously collaborated on the film "Simone."