Cannes: Andrew Garfield, Andy Serkis Teaming Up for 'Breathe'

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Claire Foy will also star in the film, which centers on the life of Robin Cavendish, who was diagnosed with polio at the age of 28.

Andy Serkis is attached to direct Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.

The drama is based on the real-life story of Robin Cavendish, who was struck with polio at the age of 28. He was paralyzed from the neck down and relied on a machine to keep him breathing. He was first given only three months to live, but he left the hospital against advice from doctors and became a medical miracle when he lived for years.

He was a champion for the disabled, helping, along with Oxford professor Teddy Hall, to create a wheelchair that had an attached respirator. He also had a hand in inventing numerous other devices to help the disabled. He died in 1994 at the age of 64.

Garfield will play Cavendish, while Foy will play his wife, Diana Blacker. William Nicholson wrote the script.

Embankment will introduce the package to foreign buyers in Cannes. Garfield taking on the role of an afflicted young man could be a powerful showcase for the actor. This type of endeavor has a history of garnering awards, as was the case with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything.

Garfield was most recently seen in real estate thriller 99 Homes opposite Michael Shannon. His upcoming films include Martin Scorsese's Silence with Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, and Mel Gibson's WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge. He's repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer.

Foy played Anne Boleyn in the TV miniseries Wolf Hall and was most recently seen in The Lady in the Van. She's shooting the TV series The Crown at the moment. She’s repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK and Hansen, Jacobson.

Serkis, known for his acting work, especially in motion-capture in films such as The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is making his directorial debut with Warner Bros.' Jungle Book adaptation. He served as the second unit director on several films, including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He's repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.

Nicholson, who previously wrote the screenplays for Everest and Unbroken, also is repped by CAA.