Havel to make directing debut

By FNE Staff
    Playwright and former Czech President Vaclav Havel plans to direct his first film, based on his recent play Leaving.

    According to reports in the Czech press, his wife, actress and former First Lady Dagmar Havlova, is likely to be cast in the leading role. The cast also includes noted Czech actors Josef Abrham, Jaroslav Dusek, and Eva Holubova.

    The film will be produced by Radka Kedlocova, with shooting to take place in 2010.

    Leaving premiered at the Archa Theatre in Prague in 2008.