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Cannes: Lionsgate UK Nabs Kate Hudson, Ewan McGregor’s ‘King’

Release slate includes Daniel Radcliffe-starrer 'Horns'

LONDON — In the run-up to Cannes, Lionsgate UK has picked up six British pics, including Peter Capaldi’s comedy “Born to be King,” which toplines Kate Hudson and Ewan McGregor.

“King” is about a film extra who bears a striking resemblance to a movie star.
Lionsgate also acquired “Locke,” which is penned-helmed by Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”), and stars Tom Hardy and Tom Holland. The film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled 90 minute race against time. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley produce.

Another pickup is Daniel Radcliffe-starrer “Horns,” which was adapted by Keith Bunin from Joe Hill’s novel. Alexandre Aja (“Piranha 3D”) helms. Radcliffe plays a young man who awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples following his girlfriend’s mysterious death.

Also added to the slate is “The Keeping Room,” which stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling. Set in the last days of the Civil War, pic centers on a soldier who has broken off from the Union Army and encounters a group of women who have been left to fend for themselves. Daniel Barber (“Harry Brown”) directs;Julia Hart wrote the screenplay.

Also acquired is “What We Did on Our Holiday,” a British family comedy written and directed by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, the creators of BBC hit comedy “Outnumbered.” It stars Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike and David Tennant (“Doctor Who”). The film is produced by David M. Thompson (“Revolutionary Road,” “Billy Elliot,” “An Education”) and Dan Winch.

Lionsgate UK also has recently acquired “Love, Rosie,” starring Lily Collins in the title role and Sam Claflin as her best friend and star-crossed lover. Christian Ditter (“Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods,” “French for Beginners”) directs from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”), based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern.

Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Canyon Creek Films’ Simon Brooks produce. Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, Martin Moszkowicz (“The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones,” “Resident Evil” franchise) will executive produce. Principal photography will start this month.

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