Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans Join Mark Rylance in 'The Fantastic Flitcrofts' Dramedy

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Craig Roberts is directing from a screenplay by Simon Farnaby.

Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans have joined Mark Rylance in the comedy-drama The Fantastic Flitcrofts from director Craig Roberts.

The indie sees Rylance play Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist who managed to enter the British Open golf tournament in 1976, only to record the worst round in Open history and become a folk hero in the process.

Jake Davies, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Mark Lewis Jones and Johann Myers complete the ensemble cast as production on The Fantastic Flitcrofts gets underway in the U.K. Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2), who in turn adapted the script from his own book The Phantom of the Open, co-written by Scott Murray.

The Fantastic Flitcrofts is produced by Tom Miller, Nichola Martin and Kate Glover. Christine Langan, James Swarbrick, Alison Thompson, Mark Gooder, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Mary Burke and Rose Garnett share the executive producer credits.

Cornerstone Films, which is overseeing worldwide sales, has closed multiple territory deals, including Universal Pictures Content Group for Germany, Austria, Italy, Benelux, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Israel and CIS and Baltics.

Hawkins is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant. Ifans is repped by UTA, 42 and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.