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Blucas, Thomas storm Brit ‘Castle’

$8 mil pic to begin lensing in September

LONDON — Marc Blucas and Henry Thomas are lining up to star in “I Capture the Castle,” an $8 million Brit period romance to be directed by Tim Fywell.

Thomas (“Gangs of New York”) and Blucas, best known for his TV role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” will play a pair of rich and dashing Americans who cause romantic turmoil for the daughters of a penniless upper-crust English family living in a dilapidated castle.

The teenage girls will be played by Brit unknowns Rose Byrne and Romola Garai. Bill Nighy (“Lucky Break”) will take the role of their bohemian father, a blocked writer.

Producer David Parfitt, who won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love,” has been developing the project for several years. It is set to start lensing Sept. 24.

Pic, adapted from the classic 1940s novel by Dodie Smith, will be financed by BBC Films, Distant Horizon, Take 3 and the Isle of Man Film Commission. Icon Entertainment Intl. has picked up selected territories from Distant Horizon.

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