After playing a murderous Macbeth, a mutant villain (X-Men’s Magneto), and a merciless slave owner (in 12 Years a Slave), Michael Fassbender will be taking on a slightly different role—the actor will be donning his chef’s hat to play the bad boy of British kitchens, Marco Pierre White, in an upcoming biopic.
Fassbender will immortalize the chef in a new movie by director Ridley Scott. It will reportedly be based on White’s successful autobiography, aptly titled The Devil in the Kitchen.
The film will track White’s life starting from his simple beginnings, including his achievements of being the youngest ever chef in the world, to winning two Michelin stars, even becoming the first ever British chef to win three.
The movie will show White’s journey from the age of 16 when he dropped out of high school and left Leeds to go to London with “£7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes.”
Recently, in an interview with The Seven O’Clock Show (Irish), White updated fans on the progress of the film. He revealed that his top choice, along with the director’s, was Fassbender. He informed listeners that the script would start on September 1 and should be done “by the end of the year.”
The Hell’s Kitchen star also spoke to the Daily Mail last November, saying that he only ever wanted Scott to direct his life into a movie. “I’ve had lots of film offers in the past, but Ridley’s the only person I trust to tell my story,” said White.
The chef, who retired from his professional cooking career 15 years ago, met Michael Fassbender back in mid-2014 to discuss the role. White called the 38-year-old actor “quite extraordinary.”
On the movie, 53-year-old White says, “I’m just a cook, a Yorkshire boy from humble beginnings, so to have a movie made about my life is pretty incredible.”
Meanwhile, fellow world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay is still on White’s bad side, as the Irishman continues to refuse to talk to his one-time protégé. “I stopped talking to Gordon because he brought a camera crew to my [third] wedding.” Ramsay supposedly hid in the bushes with his crew, but it’s still unknown why. This is just one of White’s many feuds that will be featured in the film.
In addition to White’s biopic, Michael Fassbender has his plate full with a few other big projects. Macbeth comes out in October, Steve Jobs (the biopic in which Fassbender plays the iconic Apple founder) comes out in November, X-Men Apocalypse is scheduled for release in May 2016, and the video game-based Assassin’s Creed is expected in December 2016.
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