Dominic Cooper, Gemma Arterton Board 'The Escape'

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Dominic Cooper

The British duo will star in the drama about women who abandon their families, which is being introduced to buyers in Toronto.

Dominic Cooper, having a stellar year thanks to major roles in Warcraft and Preacher, is set to join fellow Brit Gemma Arterton in The Escape.

The film, to be directed by Dominic Savage (Love+Hate) and produced by Guy Heeley (Locke, London Spy) for Shoebox Films, will highlight the largely undiscussed phenomenon of women forced to leave their children and families. Independent is introducing the project to buyers at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, while British upstart Lorton, which recently boarded Asif Kapadia's upcoming Oasis and Diego Maradona documentaries, is financing and taking U.K. rights.

“I am so excited to be collaborating with Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper on this film which is deeply personal to us," Savage said Friday in a statement. "I look forward to embarking on a journey of truth and revelation that will tell this important story of motherhood, marriage, responsibility and freedom."

Arterton, whose latest film Their Finest is bowing in Toronto, described The Escape as "extremely personal," saying that it will be "frank, honest and unapologetically from the woman's point of view."

She added: "I look forward to embarking on it, surrounded by people I trust and who understand the intention, and to digging deep and finding truth."

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