Rupert Everett wants UKP12 million to star in and direct a film about Oscar Wilde.

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The English actor is looking for funding for the movie, which will look at the last three years of the influential playwright’s life.

Everett told the Daily Express: “What I really need now is a billionaire who loves Oscar Wilde and Rupert Everett and who will pay for the whole thing – UKP12 million is a lot for a film like this.

“The Victorian era is expensive to reproduce and we want to film it in England, Italy and France where Wilde spent his last days. I’m not against getting a good director to do it, but they are all so busy and no one is available.”

Everett is well qualified for the role of Wilde as he has previously written two novels and an autobiography on the Victorian writer.

Flamboyant Wilde, who was persecuted for his homosexuality and spent his last three years in self-imposed exile in Europe, was last played on screen by Stephen Fry in the 1997 film Wilde, which was nominated for a Golden Globe award.