Ensemble comedy stars De Niro, Sarandon, Keaton, Heigl

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to “The Big Wedding” from Nu Image?/?Millennium films, and plans to open the ensemble comedy domestically Oct. 19, 2012.

Cast includes Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace. It’s shooting in Greenwich, Conn.

“Wedding,” written and directed by Justin Zackham (“The Bucket List”), centers on a long-divorced couple, played by De Niro and Keaton, being forced to pretend that they are still happily married at their son’s wedding.

Nu Image and Two Ton Films are the production banners with Zackham, Clay Pecorin, Richard Salvatore, Harry Ufland and Anthony Katagas producing. Nu Image’s Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short are executive producing.

Lionsgate handled Nu Image’s “The Expendables” and the upcoming “Conan the Barbarian.”

Negotiations on behalf of Lionsgate were overseen by Jason Constantine along with Eda Kowan and Wendy Jaffe.

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