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Cate Blanchett will defeat cancer in the new HBO’s movie

2013 March 13

The graphic novel “Cancer Vixen: A True Story” will become the ground for the new HBO’s movie with Cate Blanchett in a leading role. The novel’s author Marisa Marchetto Akochella, an artist working for The New Yorker and Glamour magazines has been struggling with breast cancer for two years and told her story of beating this disease in unusual way, by making a graphic novel about it. 


The Working Title Films Company has bought the rights to Marchetto’s graphic novel in 2006 when it first came out as a finished product. Even then the project was seen as a movie starring Cate Blanchett but after seven years of living in the preproduction stage the picture has moved to new owners, the HBO channel. 

In her “Cancer Vixen: A True Story” novel Marisa talks about her experience of treating cancer without having a health insurance that is critically important in the States. Marisa Marchetto Akochella was engaged and planning her wedding when she found out that she has breast cancer. She transformed her experience into a funny but sad book about cancer. Part of the profit from Marisa’s memoirs sales will go to Breast Cancer Research Fund and to Marisa’s own fund she established after she defeated her cancer. This fund allows women of New York to have a free mammogram. 

HBO is working on this project with Maven Pictures Company that was founded by Sting’s spouse Trudie Styler. The producers are currently looking for a screenwriter to adapt the Marchetto’s novel into a movie. 


Cate Blanchett is currently in Berlin when she is shooting George Clooney’s war drama called “The Monuments Men”. The actress is also participating in Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” movie where she plays the evil stepmother. 

This summer Cate Blanchett can be seen in Woody Allen’s new movie “Blue Jasmine”. She also starred in two new Terrence Malick films but it is really hard to tell if we will see her in them as Terrence is well known for his ability to remorselessly cut the entire scenes out of his movies. 

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