When becoming an actress, I'm sure that there's a lot of potential roles that a woman dreams about playing. Perhaps she's a bit rough and rockery, and wants to be the ever-stunning Grace Slick. Or maybe she digs philosophy and feminism and wants to take on Simone de Beauvoir. Or maybe a fictional heroines from Wonder Woman to Jane Eyre. Or maybe the terribly scorned and tossed aside mistress of Benito Mussolini?

Variety
reports that Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno, who most recently played Fermina Urbino in Love in the Time of Cholera, is going to play Ida Dalser in Marco Bellocchio's upcoming film, Vincere. (This is the film I told you about here and here.) The production follows Mussolini's Secret by Gianfranco Norelli and Fabrizio Laurenti, and to review, the film focuses on the struggles and abbreviated life of Mussolini's mistress, Dalser. You can't really call her "Mussolini's love," because the woman went through hell. As Benito rose to power, Fascist agents tried to remove all proof of the relationship and Benito's son, so both were sent to asylums where young Benito died from coma-inducing injections, and she died of a brain hemorrhage. Happy ending? Probably not.

Production is finally getting underway in Venice this May.