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Duvall, Corrente on ‘Cup’ team for Seven Arts

Seven Arts Intl. has taken international rights to “The Cup,” a sports-themed drama directed by Michael Corrente and starring Robert Duvall.

In “Cup,” a second-division soccer team from a Scottish village gets the chance to play in a big-time championship. If they win, they’ll be covered in glory. If they lose, they’ll be sold to Ireland.

Duvall plays the team’s aging coach. The script, by Denis O’Neill, caught the actor’s eye after he finished work on “The Apostle.” He and his partner Rob Carliner at Butchers Run Films will produce the pic.

“Cup,” which is budgeted at around $12 million, is skedded to begin shooting in Scotland in July. While casting isn’t yet final, Alec Baldwin and former Scottish soccer star Ally McCoist will appear in supporting roles.

October question

“Cup” was at one time set up domestically at October Films, where Butchers Run had a first-look deal. It’s unclear where the film has ended up, however, following October’s absorption by Barry Diller’s USA Films.

O’Neill’s credits include “The River Wild,” starring Meryl Streep. Corrente last directed “Outside Providence,” starring Baldwin, for Miramax.

Seven Arts Intl., headed by prexy Daniel Diamond, is handling military drama “Rules of Engagement,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, and period drama “Onegin,” starring Ralph Fiennes.