Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Edward Fox to co-star.

Rupert Everett has revealed that he is to make his directorial debut with ‘The Happy Prince,’ a comedic biopic of legendary Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde.

Everett penned the screenplay and will also star as the legendary wit and conversationalist, while Colin Firth is on board to play Wilde’s close friend and fellow writer Reginald Turner.

Variety describes the film as “a comedy with tragic undertones that tells the story of the playwright’s final days as he observes his own failure with ironic distance and humour.”

Everett, who has long championed Wilde’s works, previously worked with Firth on adaptations of Wilde’s plays ‘An Ideal Husband’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’

Filming on ‘The Happy Prince’ is scheduled for next year with Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Edward Fox rounding out the supporting cast.