Notorious Italian banker Roberto Calvi is about to head to the screen once again. In 2001, there was the Italian feature film God's Bankers -- The Calvi Case, but more recognizably, there's The Godfather Part III, where the character Frederick Keinszig is based on him. Now, Variety reports that shot number three is ringing out in the form of a U.K.-Canadian thriller written by Brian Phelan and helmed by Andy Morahan called God's Spy. (He just happens to be the directorial eye behind Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and Guns 'N Roses November Rain.) It might not be a big-studio production, but it has got a great cast. Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) is starring along with Jordi Molla (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale), and the wonderful, epic, current acting powerhouse Peter O'Toole (you should know at least a few movies he's been in!).

What you may not be familiar with is the story of Calvi. He was an Italian banker (dubbed God's Banker by the press) and Mason who had close ties with the Vatican. His bank, Banco Ambrosiano, collapsed in a scandal during the '70s and '80s and has been steeped in controversy ever since -- especially once he was found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge. As for the film, it mixes all of this with the fictional story of "a young Wall Street trader, played by Lucas, who is really a Jesuit priest working undercover to gain experience of the financial markets. He becomes caught up in a shady political and financial conspiracy." The production has a solid $15 million backing it, and will start shooting next year in Montreal.

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