James McAvoy to Star in Wim Wenders' 'Submergence'

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James McAvoy

The film is an adaptation of J.M. Ledgard's novel of the same name.

James McAvoy will star in Wim Wenders' next film, the romantic thriller Submergence.

Based on J.M. Ledgard’s book of the same name, Submergence focuses on two lovers who are separated by thousands of miles and use the memories of their intense romance to help them get through the life-or-death situations they're facing in their present lives. James Moore, enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia, and Danielle Flinders, exploring the depths of the ocean floor, are desperate to reunite again after their chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast the previous Christmas.

Erin Dignam will write the script. The film is eyeing a late March 2016 start of production in Europe and Africa.

Cameron Lamb will produce through Lila 9th Productions; Paris-based Backup Media will finance, and announced the project ahead of the launch of the American Film Market in Santa Monica. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and will be representing the U.S. sale. There is no foreign sales agent at this time.

Ledgard's novel first hit shelves in March 2013, and was included on The New York Times’ "100 Notable Books of 2013" list.

McAvoy, who reprised his role as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past and starred in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with Jessica Chastain, will next be seen in Fox’s Victor Frankenstein, which opens Nov. 25.

The actor recently wrapped X-Men: Apocalypse and currently is filming M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. He will next begin production on Coldest City with Charlize Theron.  He's represented by UTA, United Agents and Sloane, Offer.

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