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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic

Gore Vidal (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) and Kevin Spacey (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
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Kevin Spacey will play legendary writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming biopic for Netflix. Variety reports that the Netflix original, which will be called Gore, is currently shooting in Italy, where the late author spent much of his life.

Vidal died in 2012 in Los Angeles. The prolific, urbane writer "was an astonishingly versatile man of letters and nearly the last major writer of the modern era to have served in World War II," according to the Washington Post.

The film will be at least partially shot at La Rondinaia, Vidal's famed cliffside villa in Ravello, an Italian town above the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Sebastiano Maffettone, director of the Ravello Foundation, has said that the renowned residence will feature prominently in the biopic.

Vidal had split his time between homes in Italy and the Hollywood Hills for decades. He sold La Rondinaia in 2004 when, at 79, his health made it too difficult to navigate the craggy, stair-strewn estate (the six-acre property had 20 levels, according to the New York Times). Vidal purchased the property in 1972, nearly a quarter century after he had first visited the property with Tennessee Williams in 1948.