Ealing picks up ‘Fast Girls’

Company shopping sales rights in Toronto

Ealing Metro Intl. has snapped up international sales rights to Noel Clarke’s new London-set sports drama “Fast Girls,” which it is shopping to buyers in Toronto this week.

Project, produced by “The Iron Lady’s” Damian Jones and co-scripted by Clarke, Jay Basu and Roy Williams, sees two worlds collide on the athletics track when streetwise Shania meets ambitious, middle-class Lisa.

The two girls eventually overcome their rivalry and unite to achieve their ultimate dream of reaching a championship final.

Commercials director Regan Hall (“3 Hours”) will helm the pic, which is skedded to begin lensing in London in November.

Ahead of the sales launch, Studiocanal has picked up U.K. distribution rights for the film with the aim of releasing it in Blighty before the 2012 London Olympics.

Casting is expected to be announced shortly.

“We have already had a great response to the script ahead of casting, with distributors responding enthusiastically to the premise,” said Will Machin, head of Ealing Metro Intl.

Ealing’s Toronto slate includes Jack Black comedy “Bailout,” helmed by Michael Winterbottom; coming-of-age story “Very Good Girls,” toplining Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Dustin Hoffman; and “Better Living Through Chemistry,” toplining Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Judi Dench.

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