Leslie Mann Joins Adaptation of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'

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Mann joins Dan Stevens and Isla Fisher in the comedy, which StudioCanal has picked up for the U.K.

Leslie Mann has joined the all-star cast of Blithe Spirit, based on the renowned play by Noel Coward. 

Mann joins Dan Stevens (Legion), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Judi Dench (Philomena) in the film, being directed by Edward Hall (Downton Abbey) from a script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. Production has begun.

The re-imagining of Cowards's classic comedy sees Stevens playing a best-selling crime novelist struggling with catastrophic writer’s block whose desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite a medium recently exposed as a fraud to perform a séance in his home.

Leonard and Moorcroft produce alongside James Spring (all three produced recent U.K. indie hit Fisherman’s Friends), plus Hilary Bevan Jones (Pirate Radio), Peter Snell (The Wicker Man) and Toni Pinnolis.

StudioCanal has picked up Blithe Spirit, a Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures production in association with British Lions Films that Protagonist Pictures is selling internationally, for the U.K. 

Align, a newly formed L.A.-based production and financing group, is fully financing, with additional equity provided by Fred Films. Align CEO Adrian Politowski and svp production Martin Metz are producing on behalf of Align.