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Tessa Thompson Is Going To Star As Famed Jewelry Thief Doris Payne In A Biopic

Payne, who's now 87 years old, has been arrested numerous times for jewelry heists over the past six decades.

Posted on February 13, 2018, at 5:29 p.m. ET

Thor: Ragnarok actor Tessa Thompson is set to star in an action-drama film about legendary jewelry thief Doris Payne.

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Thompson at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Los Angeles.

Thompson will play Payne, who has spent the past six decades stealing from jewelry stores all around the world.

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"After chasing Doris and her story for years— and then keeping this secret for awhile— I’m screaming that this dream is coming true," Thompson tweeted on Tuesday.

After chasing Doris and her story for years— and then keeping this secret for awhile— I’m screaming that this dream…

A lot of people were thrilled about the news of the upcoming movie.


Forever mood. I can’t wait to watch a movie about Doris Payne.

doris payne is a legend. i'm def here for that.

This feels like a movie Twitter breathed into life and I'm 100% cool with it

Doris Payne coming to a screen near you 🙆🏾 #shook

A documentary about Payne's life was released back in 2013, titled The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.

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Payne was arrested numerous times for her crimes and said that she's used 20 different aliases, 10 Social Security numbers, and separate birthdates to avoid getting caught.

"I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry," Payne says in the documentary.

"I regret getting caught."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.