Reynolds joins Cadiff's 'Bunch'


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BERLIN -- Burt Reynolds will lend his not inconsiderable comedic talents to British laffer "A Bunch of Amateurs," directed by U.S. comedy director Andy Cadiff.

Reynolds will star as Jefferson Steel, a washed up Hollywood action hero who, out of work, vain and insecure, is desperate to revive his flagging career.

His incompetent L.A.-based agent is forced to go through his trash in a final attempt to find work and stumbles upon the perfect role:  a prestige run in a British theater playing King Lear at Stratford.

Believing he has landed the role of a lifetime, Steel arrives in the U.K. only to discover the reality. Instead of a leading role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Stratford-upon-Avon, Jefferson has in fact committed to star as King Lear for an amateur dramatics group based in Stratford St John in Suffolk.

Reynolds joins Imelda Staunton ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Derek Jacobi ("Gladiator") and Samantha Bond ("Die Another Day") in the cast which is shooting for six weeks on location on the Isle of Man and in and around the British capital.

Oscar- and BAFTA-winning producer David Parfitt, who scored plaudits with "Shakespeare in Love," is producing the movie penned by Jonathan Gershfield, John Ross and acclaimed British comedy writers and political satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

Parfitt's Trademark is producing the film backed by CinemaNX in association with Limelight and Lipsync Prods. It has been developed in association with Isle of Man Film.

Odyssey is repping all international sales on the title in Berlin with Cinetic Media selling U.S. rights. Marc Samuelson and Steve Christian are executive producing for CinemaNX.