Halle Berry has signed up to star in Who Is Doris Payne?, a film about an international jewel thief whose career spanned five decades.
Doris Payne is not only a real-life figure (and, indeed, a real live figure, at 77), but a very unusual thief. For roughly five decades, Payne committed a series of diamond robberies at some of the world’s most glamourous jewellery stores, including Tiffany’s of New York, Cartier of Monte Carlo and Ratners of Romford.
Payne’s m.o. was simple – she would go in to a store, bamboozle salespeople with smooth talk, ask to see some rings and then simply walk out with an expensive ring on her finger. She was arrested in 2005, and served a two-year sentence, which would appear to be the end of her crime career.
As the film will span 50 years we could be seeing some Benjamin Button type effects, however if the budget isn’t $150 million it will probably just be good make-up.