Winslet may play Kampusch, reports say

Kate Winslet is rumoured to star as Austrian cellar girl Natascha Kampusch in an upcoming movie.The Oscar winner is in the running for the main role in Bernd Eichinger’s new film, according to German showbiz magazines.”I am Sam” star Dakota Fanning and Karoline Herfurth – who starred in “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” – are reportedly also considered as options for the role.Vienna-born actor Christoph Waltz – who had his international breakthrough in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 blockbuster “Inglourious Basterds” – is meanwhile rumoured to star as kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil.Eichinger – whose film “Downfall” about the last days of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler caused controversy in 2004 – said the plan was to start shooting next year and bring the film to cinemas in 2012.”Natascha Kampusch trusts us and I appreciate that,” he explained, while Kampusch announced: “Many kind letters convinced me to pursue plans to turn my story into a film.”Eichinger rose to fame by producing 1984 movie “The Never-ending Story”. He was also in charge of hits like “Resident Evil” and “Fantastic Four”.The German announced last month he planned to turn Kampusch’s life story into a movie.The 21-year-old, who now lives in Vienna, was kept in a self-made dungeon cellar in a remote town just outside Vienna for more than eight years after being snatched off the road on her way to school aged ten. Her kidnapper committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on the day in August 2006 she managed to escape.