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Thesp leads ‘Children’

Rhys Meyers to topline historical pic

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as the lead in “The Children of Huang Shi,” which Roger Spottiswoode will direct.

Hyde Park Intl., Sony Classics and Dendy Films will distribute the Chinese-Australian-German co-production.

Also cast in the pic are Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat and Radha Mitchell.

Shooting begins Nov. 13 in the Chinese province of Gansu.

Set in war-ravaged China during the late 1930s, “Huang Shi” is based on true events. It’s the story of a young Englishman, George Hogg (Rhys Meyers), who led 60 orphaned boys on a journey across the Liu Pan Shan mountains to safety on the edge of the Mongolian desert.

Jane Hawksley penned the script.

Arthur Cohn, Wieland Schulz-Keil, Ming Prods.’ Peter Loehr, Bluewater Pictures’ Jonathan Shteinman and Zero Fiction/Zero West’s Martin Hagemann produce. Chinese distribution and production house Qixinran is co-producing.

Hyde Park will sell select international rights to the pic at AFM next week.

Rhys Meyers’ credits include Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Mission: Impossible III.” He also stars in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “August Rush” with Robin Williams and Liv Tyler.

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