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Ridley Scott to direct Gertrude Bell biopic

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Ridley Scott reportedly plans to direct a biopic about famed archaeologist and diplomat Gertrude Bell.

The Alien director will produce the project with Giannina Facio for his and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions, reports Deadline.

The Constant Gardener screenwriter Jeffrey Caine is penning the film's script.

The movie would follow Bell's life as a writer, political officer, administrator and archaeologist who influenced British imperial policy-making and advised the government on Middle East politics in the time leading up to World War II.

Scott is also reportedly developing a TV adaptation of Kate Mosse novel Labyrinth.

The director's next film project is the sci-fi thriller Prometheus starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba.

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