Cannes: Lionsgate Takes Lone Scherfig's 'Their Finest Hour and a Half' for U.K.

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The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

Lionsgate UK on Wednesday said that it has acquired U.K. rights to Their Finest Hour and a Half, set to be directed by Lone Scherfig (The Riot Club, One Day, An Education).

The film stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Marigold Hotel, Pride) and is set to start shooting in late summer.

Hanway is handling worldwide sales in Cannes.

The film is described as "a romantic comedy with a difference set in the early 1940s" and a "portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart."

BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the movie, which is being produced by Oscar-nominated producers Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films. It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 novel, which was nominated for the U.K.’s Orange Prize for fiction.

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, and Christine Langan and Ed Wethered, of BBC Films, will executive produce.

Said Kamasa: "A project such as this with a visionary director, established producing team and impressive British cast cements the fact that British cinema is thriving and we’re thrilled to be able to push that message home by adding this title to our 2016 slate."

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