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Rob Brydon, the British comic best known internationally for the Trip series with Steve Coogan, is to take the lead in upcoming comedy Swimming With Men.
Based on the acclaimed documentary Men Who Swim, which The Scotsman described as “like Spinal Tap in swimming trunks,” the film will see Brydon’s character Eric searching for a way to win back wife Heather by diving into the world of male synchronized swimming.
Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) is set to direct from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta, with HanWay handling global sales and Icon Film Distribution having already taken U.K. rights.
Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film (The Great Hip Hop Hoax, The Infidel) will produce alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance.
Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Dawson, Norman Humphrey and Ben Friedman of Icon Film Distribution; Jonny Persey and Al Morrow of Met Film; Dylan Williams and Erik Pauser of Amp Films; Chris Reed of Freebie Films; and Peter Watson and Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay.
“Oliver Parker’s ability to combine laughs and touching performances seamlessly with incredibly funny physical comedy, should mean anyone who enjoyed Johnny English Reborn will love Swimming With Men,” HanWay managing director Gabrielle Stewart said Thursday in a statement. “We are in for another wonderful iconic British comedy.”
Filming is set to begin in the spring in London.
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