He’s played the murdering thane Macbeth, the mutant villain Magneto and a sadistic slave owner and now Michael Fassbender is set to portray the enfant terrible of British cooking, Marco Pierre White.
The Irish actor is getting set to immortalise the Leeds-born chef in a film directed by Ridley Scott based on his best-selling autobiography The Devil In The Kitchen, according to the cooking personality.
The film will chronicle White’s life from his humble beginnings on a council estate through to his successes as the youngest chef ever to win two Michelin stars, and the first British chef to be awarded three.
In a recent interview conducted on Irish chat show, The Seven O’Clock Show, White gave an update on the film’s progress:
He said: ‘Ridley Scott has agreed with him [Fassbender] that he has first option once the script is finished… The script starts on the first of September and will be finished by the end of the year.’
It will be the second biopic for Fassbender, who is also starring in the hotly anticipated movie about Apple founder Steve Jobs’ life.
The film will chronicle Marco’s story which starts when, at the age of 16 he left home in Leeds, quitting his comprehensive Allerton High School without any formal qualifications, and arriving in London with ‘£7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes’.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday’s Katie Nicholls last November, Hell’s Kitchen star Marco, who retired from professional cooking 15 years ago, said that Scott was the only director he wanted to portray his life on the big screen.
He said: ‘I’ve had lots of film offers in the past, but Ridley’s the only person I trust to tell my story. “