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CANNES -- Sienna Miller is set to star in "A Woman of No Importance," Sarah Polley, Paddy Considine, Debra Messing and Scott Speedman will star in "Cry of the Owl," and Lena Headey will star in "Six Bullets From Now," all part of Myriad Films' Festival de Cannes presales lineup.

In the Oscar Wilde adaptation "Importance," Miller plays a 19-year-old American who finds herself falling in love with the womanizing Lord Illingworth (Sean Bean) in the English countryside until his mother (Annette Bening) throws a wrench in his plans. Bruce Beresford is directing Howard Himelstein's screen version of Wilde's comedy, set to begin shooting in September.

In "Owl," an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"), Polley plays a woman who falls for her stalker (Considine). Things take an ugly turn when her jilted ex (Speedman) plans revenge. Messing plays the ex-wife of Speedman's character in Jamie Thraves' upcoming thriller.

"Bullets," loosely based on a true story, features Headey as the good-hearted girlfriend of a thief (Josh Lucas) who plans a heist at New York's Pierre Hotel in 1971. Tim Roth and Dermot Mulroney play his accomplices in director Stephen Kay's crime thriller, written by Christian Darren and Kay. The film begins production in September in New York and New Jersey.

"Importance," "Owl" and "Bullets" are part of a star-filled Cannes lineup for Myriad, now in its ninth year of business. In addition to the company's current output deals with distributors in several international territories, president and CEO Kirk D'Amico plans to expand his financing, production and sales company with a new direct distribution operation.

"We also want to move into the slate financing arena and put together a slate of films instead of one at a time," D'Amico said.

His current slate reflects his commitment to higher-profile productions, most in the $10 million-$20 million budget range, with plans for handling eight-10 features a year.
"We are actively looking for films that aren't necessarily theatrical for our DVD, TV and new-media distribution channels," he said.

The company developed "Death Defying Acts," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce, for five years, one of the films in its 2007 sales lineup. Others include "Jack and Jill vs. the World," starring Taryn Manning and Freddie Prinze Jr.; Dario Argento's "Mother of Tears," starring Asia Argento; "Divided" starring Diane Kruger; "Factory Girl," starring Miller; and "Dark Matter," starring Meryl Streep.

Miller is repped by Endeavor and Dallas Smith.

Polley is handled by WMA and manager Frank Frattaroli.

Considine is repped by CAA and Conor McCaughan in the U.K.

Messing is handled by the Gersh Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.
Speedman is repped by Endeavor and manager Frank Frattaroli.

Headey is repped by CAA, Michael Duff in the U.K. and manager Tina Thor.

Tatiana Siegel contributed to this report.