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The broad comedy centers on an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox (Roth), who flee to Los Angeles to get away from paying a large debt to Irina, a notorious gangster (Maggie Q), after a failed poker game. In an attempt to raise the money, the couple approach a former associate, Sidney (Fry), who secretly sells their whereabouts. With the gangster hot on their trail, the pair scheme to win back the money by executing a jewel-theft operation involving Peter’s ex-wife (Eve) and her new husband, Gabriel (Crispin Glover).
Posey is playing Gina, who is Gabriel’s assistant.
Cassian Elwes, Robert Ogden Barnum, filmmaker J.C. Chandor and Dave Hansen are producing the film, which is currently shooting in New York City.
Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine DeBarros, Barnum and Daniel Wagner, is handling international rights to the project and will bring it to the Toronto Film Festival. The producers currently hold U.S. rights.
James Oakley, a protege of Chandor (who directed All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year), will direct from a script he co-wrote with Alex Michaelides. He previously helmed The Devil You Know, which starred Rosamund Pike.
Ike Suri, Jaclyn Ann Suri, Quinn Meyers, Johnny Mac, Matthew Helderman, David Kyle, Luke Taylor and Dee Haslam are executive producing, with Elliott Michael Smith co-producing the project.
“The Brits are Coming is truly a wildly hysterical ride from start to finish and promises to deliver on the laughs with such a talented and diverse cast on board to inhabit these unconventional characters. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this phenomenal cast in place, which elevates the production,” said Barnum.
Roth next will be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded The Hateful Eight opposite Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson (the film hits theaters on Christmas via The Weinstein Co.). He recently was seen in Chronic, which played at the Cannes Film Festival, and in the Berlinale award-winning 600 Millas. He’s repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
Posey stars in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, now in theaters. She previously starred in Superman Returns, You’ve Got Mail, The House of Yes and Broken English. She also was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in the TV film Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay. She’s repped by Gersh and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Maggie Q recently starred in Lionsgate’s big YA franchise Divergent and its sequel, Insurgent, opposite Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. She’ll reprise her role in the next installment in the series, Allegiant: Part 1, set to be released in March 2016. The former Nikita star is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Broder Law Group.
Eve is known for her work in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, She’s Out of My League and Men in Black 3. She next will star in Before We Go (which Chris Evans is directing and starring in), Neil LaBute’s Dirty Weekend and Criminal, which also stars Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds. She currently is filming Lionsgate’s thriller Beyond Deceit with Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino and Josh Duhamel. She’s repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Untitled Entertainment.
Fry’s previous films include the Hobbit trilogy, Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He’ll next be seen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which Disney will release in 2016. He’s repped by Hamilton Hodell and ICM Partners.
Vergara stars in the ABC comedy series Modern Family (she’s been nominated for four Golden Globes and four Emmys for her work on the show), and her feature-film credits include Chef with Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills and The Three Stooges. She’s repped by CAA and Latin World Entertainment.
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