Ornella Muti is currently shooting Checkmate, short film written and directed by British helmer Jason Bradbury. Produced by Hello Mozart Films, the project also stars BAFTA-winner Siân Phillips (former wife of Peter O’Toole), Lachlan Nieboer (Downton Abbey, Torchwood) and Susanna Cappellaro (Dark Shadows). The Italian actress is Penury, a beautiful witch who decides the fate of a couple in love playing a game of chess with her sister Prosperity (Philipps). Checkmate is filming in London and Wales.

Ornella Muti to Star in Checkmate

Specialized in trailers and video content for independent distributors and sales agents (his credits include Björk’s Biophilia Live, Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise Love and Ferzan Özpetek’s Magnificent Presence), Jason Bradbury has directed the short films We Once Were Tide (selected at BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and Torino Film Festival) and The Casting. After the shooting of Checkmate, Ornella Muti will next film the new horror by Spanish helmer Fran Kapilla (Las hijas de Danao), to be shot next February between Lyon, Madrid and Marbella.