'Ways to Live Forever' fills out cast

Greta Scacchi, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Phyllida Law join

LONDON -- Greta Scacchi, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox and Phyllida Law have assembled to star in "Ways to Live Forever," a movie based on Sally Nicholl's debut novel of the same name about a boy with leukemia who wants to live out all his dreams before he dies.

The £2 million ($3.6 million) budgeted project is co-produced by Life & Soul Productions, the company established in 2007 by producers Martyn Auty and Javier Gazulla, and Spanish-based El Capitan Pictures.

Due to start shooting next week on location in the North East of England, the picture will be directed by Gustavo Ron from his own script adaptation. Ron's previous credits include "Mia Sarah."

Based on Nicholls' novel it tells the story of 12-year-old leukemia sufferer who loves collecting fascinating facts, scary movies and spaceships and wants to try his first beer and kiss a girl. He also wants to know what happens when you die.

The project has small screen heavyweight Coastal Prods. -- the Newcastle-based company behind TV dramas "Wire in the Blood" and "Place of Execution" -- behind it and marks the banner's first move into feature films.

Coastal also secured backing from Northern Film & Media's North East Content Fund to the tune of £150,000 ($230,000).

Auty said: "We are delighted to be working with El Capitan Pictures and director Gustavo Ron."

Coastal Productions counts TV star and singer Robson Green among its directors. Green, however, will take a background seat on the project with his company repped in an exec producer capacity by Sandra Jobling.

"We are very excited about facilitating on this feature film, and particularly proud that the Spanish and English production companies readily embraced the idea of shooting in the North East, where the original novel is set," Jobling said.