AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'

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Bill Nighy will also star in the 'Gladiator' scribe's second feature as director.

Annette Bening is to take the lead alongside Bill Nighy in Hope Gap. 

Announced on the eve of the American Film Market, the film is the second feature as director from Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables), and will see Oscar-nominated Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, American Beauty) and BAFTA-winning Nighy (Their Finest, Love Actually) playing a couple who have been married for 29 years. When their son, Jamie, comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day. Just another breakup. Hope Gap tracks the unraveling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. 

Set to start principal photography in summer 2018, this story of familial disbandment is produced by BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning producer David M. Thompson of Origin Pictures (Woman in Gold, Revolutionary Road). Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales, and co-repping with CAA for North America. The two will introduce the film to buyers at the AFM, which starts Wednesday.

“Ever since Shadowlands I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: Hope Gap is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud to have Annette Bening and Bill Nighy to tell it for me,” said Nicholson.

Bening is repped by CAA, Nighy is repped by CAA and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin, and Nicholson is repped by CAA.