Jessica Biel to play Vivaldi`s muse in period romance

Updated: May 12, 2010, 09:25 AM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood actress Jessica Biel and Luke Evans are negotiating to star in period romance `Vivaldi`.

The film centres on a forbidden romance that develops between composer, priest and violin virtuoso Antonio Vivaldi and his protege, singer Anna Tessieri Giro, leading him to write his enduring masterpiece `The Four Seasons`, Hollywood Reporter said.

Giro was Vivaldi`s favorite prima donna and part of his entourage. Vivaldi at the time denied any romantic relationship, and most modern scholars believe that to be true.

The film is being produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis and is being helmed by Patricia Riggen of `Under the Same Moon`.

Biel, who was last seen in romantic comedy `Valentine`s Day` and will appear next in action film `The A-Team`, is in advanced talks to play Giro.

Evans played Apollo in `Clash of the Titans` and is cast as Zeus in Tarsem Singh`s Greek epic `Immortals`.