According to Variety, Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman are in talks to star in Goya's Ghosts, the long-in-the-works drama about Spanish painter Francisco Goya.

The drama will be directed by Milos Forman and produced by Saul Zaentz.

Both thesps have cleared their schedules for early fall for a film that will shoot around Europe.

Scripted by Jean-Claude Carriere and Forman, the drama is set in Spain in 1792, when Goya was the country's most famous painter. A scandal arises when his teenage muse is framed for heresy by a manipulative monk who is one of the driving forces behind the Spanish Inquisition.

Bardem will play the monk. Portman will play the muse as well as her teen daughter Alicia, who might be the result of an illicit affair with the monk.