Cannes: Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Neill to Star in 'The Guinea Pig Club'

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Roger Donaldson will direct the film that follows a maverick surgeon in World War II.

Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine and Sam Neill will star in historical action-drama The Guinea Pig Club.

Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) will direct the film from a script by Mike Riddell (The Insatiable Moon).

Tim Sanders (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Whale Rider) is producing for Field Theory and film executive Penny Wolf is executive producer. The film is scheduled to shoot in New Zealand in early 2018.

Mimi Steinbauer's Radiant Films International will handle worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand and will launch sales in Cannes.

The Guinea Pig Club tells the true story of maverick surgeon Archie McIndoe (Grant), who, at the height of World War II, defied the British establishment with his radical methods aimed at healing severely burned bodies — and more importantly the tortured souls — of Britain's heroic Royal Air Force pilots. In so doing, he risked his career, reputation and marriage.

"The Guinea Pig Club is an uplifting and heroic story, coupled with moments of humor to deliver a thoroughly entertaining experience. We are eager to present this project to our buyers at the Cannes Market," said Steinbauer. "I am also delighted to be collaborating with producers Tim Sanders and the magnificent Roger Donaldson."

Donaldson directed No Way Out, starring Kevin Costner and Gene HackmanCocktail, with Tom Cruise; New Line Cinema's Thirteen Days, starring Kevin Costner; The World's Fastest Indian, starring Anthony Hopkins; and the soon-to-be-released feature doc McLaren. Donaldson also directed Lionsgate's The Bank Job; Buena Vista's The Recruit, with Al Pacino and Colin Farrell; and The November Man, with Pierce Brosnan.

Grant most recently appeared in 20th Century Fox and Marvel's superhero film Logan, with Hugh Jackman, and Fox Searchlight's Oscar-nominated Jackie, starring Natalie Portman. He also starred on HBO's award-winning series Game of Thrones and the film Gosford Park.

Irvine had a breakout role in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has also appeared in the BBC's Great Expectations, with Ralph Fiennes; The Weinstein Co.'s The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; and Sony's Now Is Good, co-starring Dakota Fanning. Coming up next for Irvine is Billionaire Boys Club, starring alongside Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts and Kevin Spacey, as well as The Professor and the Madman, with Sean Penn, Mel Gibson and Natalie Dormer.

Neill's credits include Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Jane Campion's The Piano. He received three Golden Globe nominations for his work on NBC's Merlin, CBS' One Against the Wind and HBO's Reilly: Ace of Spies. Neill will next be seen in Disney and Marvel's superhero film Thor: Ragnarok.