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Helen Mirren and Luke Evans are set to topline Luc Besson’s Anna, with Lionsgate coming on board to co-produce and distribute.
Anna, written and directed by Besson, will be produced by his EuropaCorp shingle and starts production in November. The film will be released under Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate UK released Besson’s last movie, the big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, in the U.K. market.
Anna features Mirren, Evans and Cillian Murphy, with Russian model Sasha Luss playing the titular role of Anna.
“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions & co-productions Jason Constantine said in a statement.
Marc Shmuger will produce for EuropaCorp. Peter Nichols of Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman negotiated the deal for Besson and also reps Luss.
Mirren is represented by CAA, Evans by WME and United Agents in the UK and Murphy by ICM Partners, The Lisa Richards Agency and Lou Coulson Associates.
The distribution and co-production deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, executive vp of acquisitions and co-productions, John Biondo, executive vp of business & legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions and Elizabeth Hopkins, senior vp of business & legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions.
Shmuger and Aaron Michiel, executive vp of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of EuropaCorp.
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