Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

The film will be an action-drama, in the style of Catch Me if You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair.

The 87-year-old West Virginia native has had a career that has spanned six decades with her first arrest recorded in 1952.

Tessa Thompson, who recently played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, will star as Payne in the untitled project from Codeblack Films. Eventually, she would charm the clerk into forgetting how many pieces they'd brought out of the case, and Payne would leave with what she wanted. However, things got flipped when Boone and Payne teamed up for a documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. Payne worked around the world, including an occasion in which she stole a 10-carat diamond ring in Monte Carlo in the 1970s.

One of the criticisms of the documentary on Payne was the lack of proper consideration for her background. Although the story is very different, there's a potential here for comparisons to be drawn to the accomplishments of I, Tonya, which approaches its subject with a thorough examination of her life before the incident that made her infamous.

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This is at least the second time a film about Payne's life has been suggested.

And then we learned about Doris Payne.

In a jailhouse interview with The Desert Sun in May 2014, Payne said she began stealing watches to save her mother from an abusive relationship, but continued into her golden years so she could live a glamorous lifestyle - a far cry from her child of poverty in West Virginia. She can be seen in this month's Alex Garland-directed sci-fi film Annihilation, as well as an upcoming sequel to the 2015 film Creed, and IFC Film's road comedy Furlough, alongside Melissa Leo.

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