British actor Martin Freeman will play Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn in Nightwatching, says The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be directed by Peter Greenaway (8 1/2 Women).

Filming will begin in June with the story focusing on the creation of "The Nightwatch", one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings, and the effect it had on his private life.

Nightwatching also stars Sarah Polley and Minnie Driver as the women in Rembrandt's life.