Paramount Pre-Buys U.K. Rights to James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer'


LONDON – Paramount Pictures has pre-bought U.K. rights to James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen and Gillian Anderson.

Billed a spy thriller, the picture is co-produced by BBC Films, the pubcaster’s movie-making unit and is set to shoot in Dublin, Ireland at the end of May.

It details the story of a young mother who is heavily involved in the Irish Republican movement and loses her younger brother at the hands of the British security forces. Owen plays an MI5 officer who recruits Riseborough’s character after she is arrested following an aborted bombing attempt in London.

Marsh directs from a first time script by journalist and novelist Tom Bradby, who wrote the original book of the same name.

Chris Coen (Funny Games U.S.), Andrew Lowe (This Must Be The Place) and Ed Guiney (The Guard) will produce.

BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer will be executive producer.

Wild Bunch is handling international sales for the film, starting at the upcoming Marche du Film during Cannes.

Coen said when he first read Bradby's book he fell for the story of a woman choosing between betraying her family to save her son or facing 25 years in prison.

“Working with Tom on the adaptation was a very fulfilling process and, three years later, to have such a terrific director and cast attached is nothing short of amazing,” Coen said.

Shadow Dancer is bankrolled by BBC Films, U.K. Film Council, Irish Film Board, Lip Sync, and Paramount Pictures.

The film is a Unanimous Entertainment, Element production.

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