Tessa Thompson's new heist movie

Tessa Thompson

Actress Tessa Thompson has reportedly agreed to a role portraying the now 87-year-old renowned jewel thief, Doris Payne.

Tessa Thompson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures" "Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. Her most recent (known) job was previous year, when she was arrested for shoplifting several items from an Atlanta-area Wal-Mart. She would ask to see a tray of items, and through the gift of gab, cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases, allowing her to leave with one or two.

Payne has shoplifted from high-end stores since the 1950s, often by posing as a well-off woman who wore designer handbags and was armed with a back-story.

Variety describes the film as a globe-trotting caper flick in the tradition of Catch Me if You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair. She is infamous for her luxury heist around the world.

In 2011, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing a 1-carat diamond ring.

She was previously the subject of a 2013 documentary, 'The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, ' where she chronicled many of her crimes in detail.

Halle Berry was also reported to be onboard for a movie about Payne's life back in 2010, but that never came to fruition.

The actress starred as Valkyrie in "Thor: Ragnarok" and is set to reprise her role in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" movie, but she admitted she can not wait to see what happens with the strong women in the MCU. Codeblack's Jeff Clanagan will also be producing after the company acquired Payne's life rights. Thompson's attempt will be made by Codeblack Films, which recently produced the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me.

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