Joan Allen

Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons will star in a Lifetime biopic about the late artist Georgia O'Keeffe, with Bob Balaban set to direct.

Allen also will take on executive producer duties for the first time, alongside City Entertainment's Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Georgia will follow the turbulent 20-year love affair between the celebrated artist (Allen) and photographer Alfred Steiglitz (Irons). The movie, which will premiere in third-quarter 2009, was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer.

Lifetime executive vice president Helen Verno says that the movie will "speak to viewers who are inspired by her love affair with Alfred Steiglitz and the extraordinary work they created during the many years of their relationship."

Lifetime says they will try to produce these higher-profile movies once a year. More recent efforts of such movies include Coco Chanel, starring Shirley MacLaine, and Living Proof, executive produced by Renee Zellweger and starring Harry Connick Jr.

Will Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons make Georgia appointment TV for you?