Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait with bandaged ear, Arles 1889 Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait with bandaged ear, Arles 1889

The new movie will reportedly focus on the time the artist spent living in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise. Schnabel explained to Variety magazine that ''This is a film about painting and a painter, and their relationship to infinity. It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life, this is not the official history—it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him.''

Willem Dafoe Willem Dafoe

The collaboration between Schnabel and Defoe could be a strong one. The former got his directorial debut with the Basquiat 1996 biopic on Schnabel's contemporary. Defoe is known for his depiction of troubles and brooding characters, having also played non-ficition roles.

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