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Banner sets Richardson for ‘Heaven’

Joely Richardson will star in Banner Entertainment’s “Under Heaven,” which begins shooting this month in Seattle.

The picture marks the directorial debut of Meg Richman, who also penned the script. It’s produced by Robin Schorr, and Banner’s Brian Swardstrom and Mickey Liddell.

“Heaven” concerns two young lovers who pretend to be brother and sister and move into the home of a wealthy woman in the hopes of inheriting her money. Romantic complexities ensue.

The script was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers labs. Formerly titled “Wings of an Angel,” the project was previously set up at Fox Searchlight and later at Beacon Entertainment.

Richman previously penned “Up at the Villa” for New Regency and the telefilm “Malibu Shores,” which was turned into a midseason replacement series for Spelling and Fox Broadcasting last year.

Richardson was most recently seen in Angela Pope’s “The Hollow Reed.” She also was featured in Disney’s live-action “101 Dalmatians,” and later this year will appear in Paramount’s “Event Horizon” with Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill.

Australian thesp Aden Young co-stars. His credits include Bruce Beresford’s “Paradise Road,” “Black Robe” and the upcoming “River Street.” He will also appear in Des McAnuff’s “Cousin Bette,” opposite Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Shue. Also cast is Molly Parker, who recently starred in Lynn Stopkewich’s production “Kissed.”

Banner is a management and production company formed in 1994 by Swardstrom and Liddell. The company represents Bill Paxton, Edward Norton, Parker Posey and Young, as well as directors Guy Ferland and Stacy Title.

Banner’s first feature was the October Films release “Traveller,” starring Paxton.

The company has produced, with Fran Kuzui and Ben Myron, “Telling Lies in America,” starring Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro. Ferland directed from a script by Joe Eszterhas.

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