Jessica Alba Pierce Brisnan Englishman

Foreign sales launching at Cannes

In a pre-Cannes move, Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba and Kristin Scott Thomas have signed to star in indie romantic comedy “How to Make Love to an Englishman,” with production starting in early September.

Foreign sales will launch next week at Cannes with The Solution introducing the project, which has been in development for several years at Brosnan’s Irish Dreamtime banner. CAA is repping U.S. rights.

Tom Vaughn (“What Happens in Vegas”) is on board to direct from Matthew Newman’s screenplay.

Brosnan stars as a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Scott Thomas’s character. He is forced to re-evaluate his life of excess after he gets her graduate student stepsister, played by Alba, pregnant.

Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis, Irish Dreamtime’s Beau St. Clair and Envision Entertainment’s Grant Cramer are producing “Englishman,” which is being fully financed by Envision and Merced Media Partners. Exec producers include Stepan Martirosyan and Remington Chase of Envision, Raj Brinder Singh and Kevin Scott Frakes of Merced Media Partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution, and Jon Amiel.

“This has long been a passion project for Beau and me,” Brosnan said. “We are so thrilled that the project has come together with this illustrious group of actors and filmmakers.”

Brosnan can currently be seen in Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need.” Scott Thomas’ next film is Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives,” will premiere in competition at Cannes. Alba will be seen next in Dimension’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

Vaughan also signed recently to direct CrossDay Prods.’ “Tom Jones.” CrossDay is planning to begin shooting  in the U.K. in the first quarter of 2014.

The Solution’s Cannes slate includes another Brosnan title, “November Man,” along with “Writers,” “Two Night Stand,” “Felony,” “Grand Piano” and “The Forger.”

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