Classy trio make grade for 'Education'

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Alfred Molina, Orlando Bloom and Berlin Silver Bear winner Sally Hawkins have joined the cast of Lone Scherfig's "An Education," producers said Wednesday.

Scripted by oft-adapted British author Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, "Education" already counts Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams among its cast.

Hawkins won a Silver Bear as best actress for her lead role in Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" at this month's Berlin International Film Festival.

Developed from an early stage with BBC Films, the movie is being financed by James D. Stern's Endgame Entertainment and BBC Films, with Odyssey Entertainment handling worldwide sales.

Scherfig ("Italian for Beginners") will direct from Hornby's script based on a piece of memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber.

Billed as a teenage girl's coming-of-age drama set in early 1960s London, the story centers on a 17-year-old girl whose suburban life is about to be blown apart by the arrival of a 30-something playboy.

Produced by Dwyer and Posey and executive produced by Stern, Endgame Entertainment's Douglas E. Hansen and Wendy Japhet and BBC Films' David M. Thompson, the film will shoot in London in March and April.

Hawkins also is set to star in the screwball Irish comedy "Happy Ever Afters" by newcomer Stephen Burke. Shooting is scheduled to begin in April. Films Distribution will start presales in Cannes on the film about two wedding parties taking place in the same hotel at the same time.
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