Meryl Streep-Carey Mulligan Drama ‘Suffragette’ Bought by Focus for U.S.

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights from Pathe to the drama “Suffragette,” starrring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.

Sarah Gavron directed from a script written by Abi Morgan. Focus is planning a fall release.

The cast of the U.K. film includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson.

The story, inspired by the early 20th century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Mulligan’s character as a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace.

Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe including Russia. Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories.

Producers are Ruby Films’ Alison Owen and Faye Ward. The film’s executive producers are Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus and Teresa Moneo.

It’s a Ruby Films production for Focus Features, Pathe, Film4 and the BFI in association with Ingenious Media and with the participation of Canal+ and Cine-Cinema.

The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger and Lia Buman with McCracken and Muriel Sauzay for Pathe.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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