AFM: Asa Butterfield, Stanley Tucci, Jemaine Clement Board 'Croak'

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The first live-action feature from 'ParaNorman' director Sam Fell also stars Gillian Anderson.

Rising British star Asa Butterfield has replaced Kodi Smit-McPhee in the first live-action feature from Oscar-nominated ParaNorman director Sam Fell.

Smit-McPhee had been attached to star alongside Gillian Anderson in Croak, which was introduced to buyers in Cannes by London-based Cornerstone Films, as a young grim reaper living between the land of the living and oblivion. Butterfield, who starred in Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and X+Y, and also recently was among the names floated as candidates to play Spider-Man, joins the comedy together with Stanley Tucci and Jemaine Clement.

Cornerstone, established earlier in the year by Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder, is set to take the project to AFM next month. The company recently expanded its London office with the addition of Catherine Quantschnigg as head of international sales and Joanne Michael as senior marketing manager. They join sales manager Carla Quarto di Palo alongside Thompson and Gooder.

Also in the Cornerstone's AFM slate is Mick Jackson's Denial, starring Tom Wilkinson and Rachel Weisz. The project, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier, also was unveiled at the Marche du Film in Cannes, with Hilary Swank initially attached to star.

Earlier this week, Cornerstone announced Hampstead, a new romantic drama set in London and starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, which is due to start preproduction in early 2016.