Doris Payne’s infamous lifestyle includes traveling the world and stealing jewelry and Tessa Thompson will play story out on the big screen. Thompson will also serve as producer on the movie along with Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan.
After chasing Doris and her story for years— and then keeping this secret for awhile— I’m screaming that this dream is coming true. She is a deeply fascinating woman. So pleased to bring this story to the screen with CodeBlack & Lionsgate. Beyond grateful. https://t.co/GMfigAdwy4
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) February 13, 2018
Payne who is now 87 years old would charm jewelry store employees into bringing out multiple elaborate pieces, posing as a wealthy woman who wanted to purchase a diamond ring. In the excitement , the clerk would often forget how many pieces were brought out and Payne would walk off with one or two new pieces of bling.
With a wrap sheet dating back to the 1950’s Payne’s notoriety can be deemed iconic among jewelry thieves and heist masters. She has been arrested many times and admits to having 20 physical identities, 10 Social Security numbers and nine birthdays. Payne’s story was developed into a documentary where she described the details of most of her crimes.
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne was released in 2013 and viewers were able to learn everything from her childhood introduction to crime all the way to a 2011 arrest for nabbing a diamond ring from a Macy’s jewelry counter.
The film starring Tessa Thompson as Doris Payne has yet to be named. The movie will be a high action drama film. No release date is set.