Mick Jagger is set to star in Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi’s forthcoming art heist thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy that will close the Venice International Film Festival on 7 September.
An adaptation of American novelist Charles Willeford’s novel, the film stars Jagger opposite Donald Sutherland, Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki. The Rolling Stones frontman plays Joseph Cassidy, an influential art collector who recruits a couple (Bang and Debicki) to steal a piece of artwork from the famous artist Jerome Debney, played by Sutherland. The film takes place in present day Italy, at an opulent Lake Como estate.
As per the festival’s official description, Capotondi’s newest film will be an “erotic neo-noir thriller” and will close out the 11-day festival as part of an ‘Out Of Competition’ screening. It will be held in the Sala Grande following the festival’s awards ceremony.
Jagger’s previous film credits have been sporadic over the years, he’s appeared in a number of films and shorts in the 70s and 80s, but his biggest role to-date remains the 1970 British crime drama film Performance, where he made his feature film debut.
After taking a long break from the screen, he returned to act in a few indie films in the late 90s and early 2000s including Bent (1997) and The Man From Elysian Fields (2001), along with playing a villain opposite Emilio Estevez in in the 1992 sci-fi flick Freejack.
The film was shot prior to Jagger’s successful heart operation in April. Since then, the veteran rock also underwent a heart valve replacement surgery and returned triumphantly to the stage on 21 June, after the band postponed their North American tour dates.
In a recent radio interview with Toronto’s Q107 radio station last month, the rock icon said he was “feeling pretty good” and was keeping busy, rehearsing for the Stones’ rescheduled shows.
Jagger will join the rest of the band on their remaining dates for their ‘No Filter’ North American tour which concludes on 31 August in Miami, Florida.
Visit the official festival website for more details around the film.