Tessa Thompson to star as notorious jewel thief Doris Payne in upcoming biopic

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Tessa Thompson to star as notorious jewel thief Doris Payne in upcoming biopic

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International jewel thief Doris Payne is pictured here in an old mugshot on the left. Actress Tessa Thompson, on the right, will star in a biopic about Payne.

Actress Tessa Thompson will star in an upcoming biopic of international jewel thief and metro Atlanta resident Doris Payne, according to Variety.

Payne, 87, has stolen approximately $2 million worth of jewelry and other items over her six-decade career. She was last arrested in July 2017, after she was accused of stealing $86.22 worth of merchandise from a DeKalb County, Ga., Walmart. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served.

Payne’s most lucrative alleged heist occurred in the 1970s, when she was accused of stealing a 10-carat diamond ring worth $500,000 in Monte Carlo. Charges against her were dismissed when police could not find the ring. Payne detailed many of her crimes in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” 

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Payne’s life rights were purchased by Codeblack Films, a subsidiary of Lionsgate. The film is currently untitled, Variety reported. 

Thompson has had roles in “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Creed,” and “Selma.” She will play Valkyrie in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” which was filmed in Atlanta. 

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