Venice: 'Cymbeline' Lands North American Home With Lionsgate, Grindstone

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Anton Yelchin, Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich

The adaptation stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and 'Fifty Shades of Grey's' Dakota Johnson

Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline has landed a North American home with Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment in advance of the movie's Sept. 3 world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The film stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson, the up-and-coming actress who nabbed the lead in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey.

Cymbeline will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, which is planning a limited theatrical release timed to a major digital push.

Hawke will be a busy man at Venice, where Good Kill is also making its world premiere. Hawke stars opposite January Jones in the drone drama directed by Andrew Niccol.

Producers Michael Benaroya and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions announced the Cymbeline deal. “We have the highest confidence that Lionsgate and Grindstone will give Cymbeline the dedicated handling it deserves,” the duo said.

A tale of love, betrayal and revenge, Cymbeline unfolds amid an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang.

CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. International Film Trust is handling international rights to the film.

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