Casanova (film) For the first time in his life, the legendary seducer, swashbuckler, master of disguise, and wit, Casanova, is about to meet his match with an alluring Venetian beauty, Francesca, who does the one thing he never thought possible: refuse him. Through a series of clever disguises and scheming ruses, he manages to get ever closer to Francesca. But he is playing the most dangerous game he has ever encountered—one that will risk not only his life and reputation, but his only chance at true passion. Limited release on December 25, 2005; general release on January 6, 2006. Directed by Lasse Hallström. A Touchstone Picture. Stars Heath Ledger (Giacomo Casanova), Sienna Miller (Francesca Bruni), Lena Olin (Andrea Bruni), Jeremy Irons (Bishop Pucci), Oliver Platt (Papprizzio). Began filming in August 2004 in Venice, Italy, and was screened at the Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2005. Filmed in Super 35 Scope.