‘Dr. Who’s’ next

Thesp joins helmer Ahearne in 'Double Life'

Fresh from his success in the revival of the classic BBC sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” Christopher Eccleston is set to star in “Double Life,” the debut movie of veteran Brit TV writer/director Joe Ahearne.

Pic is a non-naturalistic tale of love and obsession, set in Budapest.

Eccleston plays a man who falls in love with two women who appear to be twins, but turn out to be the same person.

The film will be produced by Sophie Balhetchet and Lynda La Plante for Cougar Films, whose debut feature “Click,” directed by Ol Parker, had its world preem Saturday in the Cannes market.

“Double Life” will be co-produced by Ildiko Kemeny’s Hungarian Film Connection. The movie has been set up to take advantage of the new Hungarian tax break, which provides up to 20% of the budget for a movie shot in the country.

Shooting is scheduled for this fall.

Ahearne, whose diverse TV credits include the cult sci-fi series “Ultraviolet” and the factual series “Space Odyssey,” previously directed Eccleston in two episodes of “Doctor Who,” including the one featuring the Time Lord’s greatest enemy the Daleks.

Meanwhile, Cougar is developing several other projects, including a script based on La Plante’s latest novel “Above Suspicion,” a crime thriller about a young female detective. La Plante is best known as the creator of the “Prime Suspect” TV series.

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