Clunky title aside, Craig Brewer’s next project sounds pretty damn great. Brewer is now set to write and direct an adaptation of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article of the same name, saddling Brewer with The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills as a title to add to his resume. Let’s shorten that one maybe.
The true-life story centers on Lisette Lee, a total nobody who lied and cheated her way into Hollywood by pretending to be an actress, Korean pop singer, professional heiress, Paris Hilton hater, and model ‐ and, yes, while that sounds like something most people in Hollywood already do, Lee topped all of that by adding in another lie, that she was the heir to, of all things, the Samsung fortune. Lee wasn’t any of those things (well, she might have been one of them, guess which!) ‐ she was a drug mule, and all her lies finally came to light when she was found attempting to smuggle some weed into Ohio ‐ five hundred pounds of weed — which ultimately landed her in jail.
For Brewer, who last directed Footloose but who is probably best known for fare like Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, this is a great fit for his talents, and we can’t wait to see the final product. You can read the entire Rolling Stone article, originally published on August 31 of last year, right HERE. It is fascinating. [Deadline Hollywood, via ComingSoon]