Veteran actor Geoffrey Rush is set to portray Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti in a new movie written and directed by Stanley Tucci.

Final Portrait will document the celebrated painter's struggle to perfect his piece of American art critic James Lord during a series of drawn-out sittings in Paris, France in 1964, when their friendship was tested to its limits.

HanWay marketing representative Thorsten Schumacher says: "This is an undeniably charming story about two opposites, the Odd Couple of their time. Stanley Tucci has written a wonderfully nuanced script."

The script is based on Lord's account of the experience, A Giacometti Portrait.