Helen Mirren to appear in Titanic?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 March 2011
Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren is rumoured to be starring in Julian Fellowes' upcoming ITV1 mini-series about the sinking of the Titanic

Dame Helen Mirren is rumoured to be starring in upcoming mini-series 'Titanic'.

The 65-year-old actress has been linked to the ITV1 drama - which will be penned by 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the historic ship in April 2012 - with 'Atonement' star Romola Garari also reportedly in the run for a role.

If the Oscar-winning actress does land a role in the drama, it wouldn't be the first time Helen had played a character based around the tragic event, as she was cast in TV series 'SOS Titanic' in 1979.

An ITV source said: "There will be a cliffhanger at the end of each episode, building to an explosive finale. Viewers will find out which of their favourite characters survive and which do not."

The new series - which will be filmed inside Europe's biggest underwater tank in Hungary - will be told from the point of view of several different characters and is to include a love story.

However, TV bosses have insisted it will be different from the romantic 1997 film 'Titanic', which starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio and smashed box office records worldwide.

Maria Kyriacou, chief of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: "'Titanic' promises to be the must-see original drama for this landmark centenary. It will be gripping prime-time content."

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