‘Boleyn’ turns heads

Sony, Focus ready 'Girl'

Sony is lining up Natalie Portman and Eric Bana to topline “The Other Boleyn Girl,” based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novel.

Justin Chadwick is directing the pic, which Scott Rudin Prods., Ruby Films and BBC Films are producing.

Peter Morgan wrote the adaptation of the book, which tells the story of two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, who were rivals for the bed and heart of the Tudor King Henry VIII.

Focus Features is in discussions to take international rights on the pic. Sony will distrib domestically.

Shooting is skedded to begin this fall in London.

Ruby Films’ Alison Owen and BBC Films’ David Thompson are producing. Scott Rudin exec produces.

The film was originally developed by the U.K.-based Owen and BBC Films, which optioned the book and made a telefilm based on it. Rudin, who worked with the BBC on “Iris,” became involved last summer, ultimately bringing the pic to Sony.

Portman recently wrapped Mandate Pictures’ “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.” She also has a role in Wong Kar Wai’s indie “My Blueberry Nights,” filming this summer.

Bana will next star in Warner Bros.’ “Lucky You.”

Chadwick directed “Bleak House,” the series based on Dickens’ novel. “The Other Boleyn Girl” is his first feature.

Rudin produced the upcoming “I Could Never Be Your Woman” as well as Fox Searchlight’s “Notes on a Scandal.”

Owen’s credits include “Elizabeth,” “Proof” and “Sylvia.”

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