'Batman' Villain Gets Surreal With Dali

Al Pacino28 Days Later (movie)Rachel McAdams

Cillian Murphy may have played The Scarecrow in "Batman Begins," but he's going to trade in his burlap mask for canvases and paints.

The Irish actor has signed on to star opposite Al Pacino for the indie film "Dali & I: The Surreal Story," reports Reuters.

Set during a 20-year span beginning in the 1960, the Andrew Niccol-directed film centers on the period of the Spanish surrealist's (Pacino) life after he created his most famous masterpieces and embraced his flamboyant eccentricity. During this time, he also befriended and mentored Stan Lauryssens (Murphy), a young art dealer whose memoir "Dali and I" is the basis for the film.

Casting is still underway for the part of Gala, Dali's wife.

Production will begin shooting in Spain and New York in early 2008.

Besides playing The Scarecrow, Murphy is best known as a survivor of the Rage virus in "28 Days Later" and the guy who terrorized Rachel McAdams in "Red Eye." His other credits include "Intermission," "Cold Mountain," "Sunshine" and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley."

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