Katie Piper movie ‘Beau­ti­ful’ will star Ly­dia Hearst

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Katie Piper will be played by Ly­dia Hearst in the film ‘Beau­ti­ful’ af­ter she sold the rights to her mem­oir, ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety. Piper was 24 years old and on her way to be­com­ing a model when Daniel Lynch paid Ste­fan Sylvestre to throw sul­phuric acid in her face. Piper and Lynch met on Face­book and started dat­ing, but her life turned into a night­mare when she was held cap­tive and bru­tally raped by her new boyfriend, and after­wards sub­jected to a vi­cious acid at­tack in the street. Within sec­onds her near per­fect world was torn apart; from be­ing young and beau­ti­ful, she felt her looks and the life she loved melt­ing away. Her 2011 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy ‘Beau­ti­ful’ tells Piper’s story and how she in­spired mil­lions with her fight to get her life back. Piper, who is now 33 and preg­nant with her sec­ond child with her hus­band Richard Sut­ton, also starred in the doc­u­men­tary ‘Katie: My Beau­ti­ful Face’ which earned her a BAFTA nom­i­na­tion and which was shown in 15 dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world. She now runs her own char­ity, the Katie Piper Foun­da­tion, which is ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness about the plight of burn vic­tims and oth­ers with dis­fig­ure­ment in­juries, and she has re­leased a num­ber of books in­clud­ing a re­cent self-help tome ‘Con­fi­dence: The Se­cret’. Hearst, 32, will play Piper in the forth­com­ing film and rose to fame in 2017 thriller ‘Be­neath the Leaves’ and 2016 com­edy ‘Swing State’ and she also ap­peared in the We TV show ‘South of Hell.’ Big Sur’s Orian Wil­liams is pro­duc­ing the movie, which is yet to find a writer and di­rec­tor.

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