Kate Beckinsale joins cast of Amanda Knox movie

Kate Beckinsale will play a journalist in 'The Face of an Angel' a movie based on a book about the Amanda Knox murder trial. Kate Beckinsale is one of the 30 smartest celebrities in Hollywood, says Business Insider.

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Actress Kate Beckinsale at the opening of Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao, China, last month. Beckinsale was cast in a new movie about Amanda Knox.

Kate Beckinsale won't be playing Amanda Knox. That part has been given to Cara Delevingne, according to Deadline. Instead the "Underworld" star will portray a journalist hunting for the truth about the murder of a college student in Italy.

The Michael Winterbottom-directed movie "The Face of an Angel" is based on the book, 'Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox," written by Daily Beast reporter Barbie Latza Nadeau, who lived in Rome for 14 years.

The movie, says CinemaBlend.com, will focus on how the media handled the sensational case that has been the subject of numerous books, including one by Knox herself, "Waiting to be Heard."

Will Beckinsale's language skills be called into use in this movie? Beckinsale is on Business Insider's list of the 30 smartest celebrities in Hollywood. The actress reportedly studied at Oxford and speaks at least four languages: English, French, Russian and German.

Meanwhile, in real life, the retrial of the 2007 murder case is underway in Italy.

Knox spent more than four years in an Italian prison before her conviction in the murder of British college student Meredith Kercher was overturned in October 2011. But that acquittal was overturned by Italy's Supreme Court and a retrial of the case began on Sept. 30. Amanda Knox has not returned to Italy for the trail. 

Knox blamed the incompetence of Italian police investigators in an interview aired on Italian state RAI television on Tuesday night.

"I think I am paying for the mistakes of the police, of the investigators who don't want to admit that they are wrong," she said during a Skype interview with RAI's Porta a Porta programme.

The judge in the case has ordered a new test on the presumed murder weapon, a kitchen knife found in Knox's boyfriend's house, to examine a DNA trace that was not previously checked because experts said it was too small to produce reliable results.

"I am not the femme fatale criminal fantasy they describe. This person does not exist. They put a mask on me, they put evil on me, but they didn't try to see who I really was," Knox said, according to Reuters.

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