Barbra Streisand is to direct her first movie for nearly 20 years.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Streisand has signed up to helm 'Catherine The Great', which will be the first time she has sat in the director's chair since helming 'The Mirror Has Two Faces' in 1996.

The motion picture will be taken from a script written by Kristina Lauren Anderson, who won the 2014 Black List prize for unproduced screenplays.

Casting is underway now that Streisand is on board and Gil Netter - who has worked on 'Life of Pi' and 'The Blind Side' - is set to produce.

The movie will tell the story of Catherine becoming great after she seizes power in Russia in 1762.

Trapped in an abusive marriage, it soon becomes clear her husband is incapable of leading the country so she takes on the role.

Streisand's three directed films, 'Yentl', 'The Prince of Tides' and 'The Mirror Has Two Faces', have been nominated for an incredible 14 Academy Awards.

She won a Golden Globe award for Best Director for 1983 movie 'Yentl', in which she also portrayed the titular character.

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