Tessa Thompson To Star in a Doris Payne Movie

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A Doris Payne movie is coming soon and will star Tessa Thompson.

According to Variety, the currently untitled movie, which is being compared to Catch Me If You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair, is coming soon with Tessa Thompson playing Doris Payne, the infamous jewel thief whose crimes spanned across 50 years years.

Thompson tweeted that she chased “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.” 

Who is Doris Payne?

On October 29th, Payne, age 83, was arrested on felony larceny charges for stealing a diamond-encrusted ring in Palm Desert, California. Payne pled guilty. Then a year later, she was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years on parole, and was ordered to stay away from jewelry stores. However, she was released three months later due to prison overcrowding. In July 2015 she was reportedly stealing again. In 2015, she was caught on security cameras putting on Christian Dior earrings valued at $690.00 in her pocket at an Atlanta, Georgia Saks Fifth Avenue store. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting by Officers from the Atlanta Police Department.

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