Sophia Loren wears a grey wig on set of new film The Life Ahead

Sophia Loren, 84, looks fantastic in a flowing grey wig on set of new film The Life Ahead as she prepares to make a hotly anticipated return to screens after 10 years

The glamorous screen siren is currently filming her first movie role in almost ten years, for a project being directed by her 46-year-old son Edoardo Ponti.

And Sophia Loren, 84, looked fantastic in a long-haired, curly grey wig when she was spotted in character on set for new film The Life Ahead in Bari, Italy, on Friday. 

This will be the Italian movie legend’s hotly anticipated return to screens and fans will see the star take on the role of a Holocaust survivor who spends her time taking care of the children of prostitutes.

On set: Sophia Loren, 84, looked fantastic in a long-haired, curly grey wig when she was spotted in character on set for new film The Life Ahead in Bari, Italy , on Friday

Sophia was snapped with a blank expression on her face, while wearing a royal blue paisley patterned blouse and matching blue tailored coat. 

Her character’s wardrobe was accessorised with contrasting red earrings and a casual black handbag slung over her shoulder. 

The Two Women actress’ makeup was kept minimal with black winged eyeliner and a nude lipstick. 

During the scene, the film legend looked unimpressed in a market set. This come just days after Sophia was filmed being pushed around in a wheelchair by a young boy. 

Anticipated return: The Italian movie legend has taken on the role of a Holocaust survivor who spends her time taking care of the children of prostitutes (pictured in 1955)

The film, which is La Vita Davanti in Italian, is directed by the actress’ son, Edoardo Ponti. It’s based on a book entitled ‘The Life Before Us.’

As one of the biggest bombshells to star in movies, the Italian actress has chosen to shed her sexy image and star as a wheelchair-bound woman in her son’s project.  

Sophia is considered one of Italy’s national treasures as she is allegedly the biggest movie star to come out of the country. 

In character: Sophia was snapped wearing a royal blue paisley patterned blouse and matching blue tailored coat. This come just days after she was filmed being pushed around in a wheelchair by a young boy

She’s every inch the glamorous screen siren, having had a glittering Hollywood career spanning several decades.

Her last film was the 2010 TV movie My House Is Full of Mirrors. The year before she made a big impression with Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman in feature film Nine.

Her career started when she was a teenager and went by her birth name Sofia Villani Scicolone. She was first cast as an extra in Mervyn LeRoy’s 1951 film Quo Vadis.

But it was not until she met Carlo Ponti that she had her career break through. Carlo  renamed her Sophia Loren and was cast for the 1953 film Aida. 

New role: The film, which is La Vita Davanti in Italian, is directed by the actress’ son, Edoardo Ponti. It’s based on a book of the same name (pictured in 1967 in Hong Kong)

Her stand-out role was in 1954’s The Gold Of Naples, but she became internationally famous from her work in Boy On A Dolphin.

In 1958, Sophia became a Hollywood starlet and she was cast in Desire Under The Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play.

One of her most popular movies was the 1965 drama Marriage Italian Style. 

Icon: Sophia is considered one of Italy’s national treasures as she is the biggest movie star to come out of the country (pictured in 1955 in Venice, Italy)

She married her love Carlo in 1966 and they stayed happily married until his death in 2007. The International stars had two children together: Edoardo, 46, who is wed to actress Sasha Alexander, and Carlo Jr, 50.

In more recent years, Loren has chosen to stay out of the spotlight and spend time with her family and grandchildren.

They had magic: When she co-starred with Cary Grant in Houseboat he fell in love with the beauty but she remained loyal to husband Carlo Ponti (pictured in 1957)

In 2018 she told the Houston Chronicle, ‘Life is life. Enjoy your time here, and aging is part of that time. So enjoy it, too. Take care of yourself.’

Sophia also said that she feels lucky to have done well in her career: ‘My mother would say that I deserved everything I have. And she was proud of me. My Carlo would just smile.’

The star added that for her and Carlo it was ‘love at first sight for both of us. We genuinely loved each other.’

Fulfilled: Sophia said that she feels lucky to have done well in her career, ‘My mother would say that I deserved everything I have. And she was proud of me. My Carlo would just smile’

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