Molina, Bloom, Hawkins set for 'Education'

4:00 AM PST 02/21/2008 by Stuart Kemp, AP

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LONDON -- Alfred Molina, Orlando Bloom and Berlin Silver Bear winner Sally Hawkins have signed up to join the cast of Lone Scherfig's "An Education," producers said Wednesday.

Written by feted British author Nick Hornby and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, "An Education" already counts Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard ("Boys Don't Cry"), Carey Mulligan ("Pride & Prejudice"), Rosamund Pike ("Die Another Day") and Olivia Williams ("Rushmore") in front of the camera.

Hawkins won a Silver Bear as best actress for her lead role in Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" at the close of this year's Berlin 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 a Hornby script based on a piece of memoir by the celebrated British journalist Lynn Barber.

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

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

Hawkins is also set to star in a screwball upbeat Irish comedy named “Happy Ever Afters,” by newcomer Stephen Burke. Shooting is schedule to begin in April this year. Films Distribution will start presales in Cannes on the picture which details the story of two wedding parties taking place in the same hotel at the same time which collide physically and sentimentally.
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