Sir Ben Kingsley bears a striking resemblance to Salvador Dali as he plays the artist in Dalyand.

Sir Ben Kingsley bears a striking resemblance to Salvador Dali as he takes on the role of surrealist artist in new film Daliand.

Sir Ben Kingsley has made a compelling character of Salvador Dali in a still shot from the upcoming movie Daliland, which premieres Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film shows the artist as an old man, striving for importance as he prepares for an exhibition.

Actor Ben, 78, proved he had what it takes to turn into a famous surrealist painter as he wore the artist’s signature handlebar mustache and flowing locks.

Unfamiliar: Sir Ben Kingsley has introduced a compelling character to Salvador Dali in a still shot from the upcoming movie Daliland, which premieres Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Unfamiliar: Sir Ben Kingsley has introduced a compelling character to Salvador Dali in a still shot from the upcoming movie Daliland, which premieres Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Daly has the support of his muse and “spiritual” wife Amanda Lear, who has been by his side for 15 years – while he is terrorized by his actual wife Gala.

Lear – a model, TV presenter, and later pop singer – is played by model and transgender woman Andrea Bejek, who says she was a lifelong fan of the androgynous Lear.

Records show that Lear was born Alan Tap in Saigon; But she has previously denied that she was born a boy, according to Alison Boschoff of the Daily Mail.

The likeness: Ben, 78, has proven he has what it takes to transform into a famous surrealist painter as he donned the artist's signature handlebar mustache and flowing locks

REAL DEAL: Dali pictured in 1975

Likeness: Ben, 78, (left) has proven he has what it takes to transform into a famous surrealist painter as Mustache wore the artist’s signature handlebars and flowing locks

Her eventful life story is sure to be told in a movie one day – her fans include David Bowie and Brian Ferry.

Set in the year 1973, Dalí Land will follow the story of a young exhibition assistant who helps an elderly Dalí get ready for a big show in New York.

While Sir Benn takes on the role of artist in his later years, Ezra Miller, 28, portrays an Impressionist in his youth.

Iconic: Dali was known for his mastery of drawing and often bizarre artwork

Iconic: Dali was known for his mastery of drawing and often bizarre artwork

They play alongside Barbara Soccoa as his wife Gala – a role originally slated for Leslie Manville – Frank Dylan as a young art enthusiast, and Tim Roth who will be Daly’s right-hand man, Captain Moore.

Mary Aaron, best known for her cinematic interpretation of Brett Easton Ellis’ controversial novel American Psycho, serves as director and co-writer on the new production alongside her screenwriter husband John C. Walsh.

Speaking in 2019, producer Edward R Pressman told Dthe address: “Mary’s sense of cosmic irony is a perfect match for a story about a brilliant, contradictory, larger-than-life Salvador Dali.

Latest role: One could be forgiven for thinking Salvador Dali was alive, and so did Sir Penn step into the shoes of a surrealist painter in a new biopic 9[pictured filming scenes in April last year)

Latest role: One could be forgiven for thinking Salvador Dalí was alive and well as Sir Ben stepped into the surrealist painter’s shoes for a new biopic 9[pictured filming scenes in April last year)

Transformation: Sir Ben Kingsley as he is known to millions...

Latest role: One could be forgiven for thinking Salvador Dalí was alive and well on Friday as Sir Ben stepped into the surrealist painter's shoes for a new biopic

Transformation: Sir Ben Kingsley as he is known to millions (L) and the actor dressed in character for his new role as Salvador Dalí (R)

‘I love the team we’ve assembled and can’t wait to see Sir Ben Kingsley and Lesley Manville embody the iconic partnership of Dalí and Gala.’ 

Born in Catalonia in 1904, Dalí’s notable unique aesthetic turned him into one of the most significant surrealist painters of the 20th century. 

With sex, food, science, religion and nature key themes throughout his body of work, Dalí’s notable paintings include The Persistence Of Memory, Crucifixion, Metamorphosis of Narcissus and Basket of Bread. 

The painter is the latest in a series of historical figures played by Sir Ben, with the actor previously winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in 1982 epic Ghandi. 

Legendary: Born in Catalonia in 1904, Dalí's notable unique aesthetic turned him into one of the most significant surrealist painters of the 20th century

Legendary: Born in Catalonia in 1904, Dalí’s notable unique aesthetic turned him into one of the most significant surrealist painters of the 20th century

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