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Richard Griffiths’ World War I Drama ‘Private Peaceful’ Gets U.S. Distribution

BBC Worldwide North America has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to “Private Peaceful,” featuring the final performance by the late Richard Griffiths.

The World War I drama, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is directed by Pat O’Connor (“Sweet November”). The all-British cast includes Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and George MacKay (“How I Live Now”).

The film will have a national release in the fall.

“On the heels of our World War I commemorative screening campaign in August, we are continuing to bring captivating films with exceptional storytelling from across the pond to the big screen,” said Soumya Sriraman of BBC.

Morpurgo’s novel, published in 2003, is a followup to his 1982 novel “War Horse,” which served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie.

“Private Peaceful” begins in rural England in 1908 and ends in the First World War trenches of Europe. MacKay and O’Connell portray brothers while Griffiths is a colonel with a country estate; the brothers fall in love with the same woman, played by Alexandra Roach.

The deal was negotiated between BBC Worldwide North America and Goldcrest, distributor on behalf of Fluidity Films.

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