Comedy set in Newfoundland

MONTREAL — British thesp Pete Postlethwaite, best known for his role in “In the Name of the Father,” is set to star in the Canuck pic “The Divine Ryans,” producer Chris Zimmer of Halifax-based Imagex announced.

The comic tale about sex, religion, love and hockey in Newfoundland begins lensing later this month in the Newfoundland capital of St. John’s, before moving to Halifax for studio shooting. The pic marks the feature directing debut of Stephen Reynolds, who has worked as an assistant director with Patricia Rozema, Mort Ransen and David Wellington.

In “The Divine Ryans,” Postlethwaite stars opposite seasoned Newfoundland-born actor Robert Joy (“Shadows and Fog,” “Longtime Companion”).

The pic is the latest feature from Imagex, which co-produced the current arthouse hit “Love and Death on Long Island” and “Margaret’s Museum” with Helena Bonham Carter.

Vancouver-based distrib Red Sky Entertainment has picked up Canadian rights to “The Divine Ryans.”

The film is based on the novel of the same title by Canadian author Wayne Johnston, who also penned the screenplay.

The pic is produced with the support of federal funder Telefilm Canada, the Canada Television and Cable Production Fund, the Newfoundland Film Development Corp., and the Nova Scotia Film Development Corp.

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