Late English hellraiser Oliver Reed's turbulent life is to be the focus of a forthcoming film biopic.

The WOMAN IN LOVE star was regarded as one of the top actors in his generation, but his success was tainted by his frequent appearances in the media with his drunken escapades.

Londoner Reed died in Malta in 1999 after drinking three bottles of rum during a boozing session with a group of sailors, while he was filming his role as PROXIMO in Gladiator.

A film insider says, "His story is a fascinating one and people often forget what a talented actor he was. No one has been a cast yet but it will obviously be quite a job emulating Oliver."

07/01/2005 14:21