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Cate Blanchett will play cancer patient for HBO

AFP   March 14, 2013
First Published: 12:56 IST(14/3/2013) | Last Updated: 12:58 IST(14/3/2013) has revealed that Australian actress Cate Blanchett will star in a TV movie for HBO based on the experiences of illustrator Marisa Acocella Marchetto, who recounted her story in the graphic novel Cancer Vixen: A True Story.

Cate Blanchett will play the illustrator from New York, who worked with Glamour and The New Yorker, leading a perfect life in Manhattan and on the verge of getting married when she discovered she had breast cancer.

In her autobiography, Marisa Acocella Marchetto details her treatment, undertaken without any medical insurance. The story appealed to Blanchett, who will also produce the TV adaptation.

The actress has not appeared on TV since her cinema career took off at the end of the 1990s thanks to the British movie Elizabeth.

Audiences will soon see her in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and the next installment of The Hobbit trilogy. She is currently filming The Monuments Men directed by George Clooney. She will then start work on Cinderella, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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