German director Lexi Alexander will direct the "Crossface" biopic on Chris Benoit, Variety has confirmed.

The movie will produced by Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee of "Let It Play" and executive produced by Ram Getz and Matthew Randazzo V. Jake Goldberger and Sarah Coulter will write the script that is based on Randazzo's "Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry" book.

Alexander is known for directing "Punisher: War Zone" and was nominated for an Academy Award for her "Johnny Flynton" short film. Her "Green Street Hooligans" movie with Charlie Hunnam and Elijah Wood won awards at SXSW in 2005 and she's also directed TV episodes of "Limitless," "Supergirl," and "Arrow."

Alexander, a former World Karate Association world champion, commented to Variety:

"I was pretty certain I'd stay in TV rather than returning to the feature world, because the material just seems so much better in TV, especially in drama, but then 'Crossface' came my way. A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling. I couldn't say no to that."

Follow Marc Middleton on Twitter at @this_is_marc. Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.