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Report: Peter Dinklage to produce, star in Rumpelstiltskin movie

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Jul 28, 2018, 7:02 PM EDT (Updated)

The perpetually busy Peter Dinklage already has another major project lined up, a big-screen adaptation of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale that’ll feature the decorated Game of Thrones actor both in front of and behind the camera.

Variety reports that Sony Pictures has signed the Emmy award-winning actor to both star in and executive-produce the film adaptation of the Grimm Brothers story, with a script being developed by Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls, Chaos Walking).

The film is “deep in development,” per the report, although it’s not expected to be Dinklage’s next project following his bow from Game of Thrones, which will air its final season next year at HBO. Dinklage is up for another Emmy this year for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on the show, upping his Emmy nod total to a record-breaking seven nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

Like many Grimm tales, Rumpelstiltskin hinges on a morality lesson, in this case giving all its characters — save the poor, imprisoned girl at the heart of it all — some sort of comeuppance around the concept of greed. 

Believing a poor miller’s daughter to be capable of spinning straw into gold, a king locks her in a tower and breaks his promise to free her once she’s produced an amount to satisfy his avarice. Rumpelstiltskin, a gnome-like creature who approaches the captive girl to offer his magical assistance, eventually requires the young woman’s first-born daughter, if the evil king follows through on a promise to make her his bride, as payment for his help in meeting the king’s gold-spinning demands. Begged to reconsider, the imp relents — if, that is, the girl can guess his name in three days’ time.

On the last day, the girl’s desperate parents tail Rumpelstiltskin into the woods, where they overhear him singing out his magical name. Beaten, but not fairly, Rumpelstiltskin vanishes in anger.

Sony hasn't revealed whether the Dinklage film will hew closely to the traditional telling of the Grimm story. In the meantime, Dinklage is also set to star in Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano's upcoming I Think We're Alone Now, a post-humanity film that finds his character, Del, contentedly reclusive in a mostly abandoned town. I Think We’re Alone Now premiered to a positive reception earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and is slated to open in wide release on Sept. 21.

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