‘Whatever’ OK for Courtenay

Legge, Fraser team up for Brit comedy

LONDON — Rising stars Michael Legge (“Angela’s Ashes”) and Laura Fraser (“Titus”) are teaming up with old-timer Tom Courtenay to topline the Brit comedy “Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?,” which started shooting Friday.

The $9 million pic is directed by Peter Hewitt, and features Stephen Fry, David Thewlis, Matthew Rhys and Lulu, in her first bigscreen role since “To Sir With Love.”

Set in northern England during 1977, it’s the story of an 18-year-old man who’s obsessed with disco, but falls for a punk without recognizing her under her makeup as a work mate from his office. Courtenay plays the teen’s eponymous father, whose unlikely knack for magic tricks flings him reluctantly into the limelight.

Intermedia Films is handling worldwide distribution, with October Films releasing the pic in the U.S. and UIP in Britain. Ruth Jackson and David Brown are producing for West Eleven Films.

Pic is shooting in Sheffield, which was also the location for “The Full Monty.”

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