SPC picks up 'Easy Virtue'

Nabs U.S., South African and Latin American rights

NEW YORK -- Jessica Biel, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas have sold their "Easy Virtue" to Sony Pictures Classics.

The specialty division picked up U.S., South African and Latin American rights to the comedy based on Noel Coward's play, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in the 1920s, Stephan Elliott's adaptation folows a young woman (Biel) whose happiness with her new husband (Ben Barnes) is offset by the fierce disapproval of her new in-laws (Firth and Thomas).

Barnaby Thompson, Joe Abrams and James D. Stern produced the film. SPC recently picked up another Toronto premiere produced and directed by Stern, the "Chorus Line" docu "Every Little Step."

Ealing's Natalie Brenner and Thompson and Endgame's Douglas Hansen negotiated the deal with SPC.

Stuart Kemp in London and Steven Zeitchik in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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