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Friel, Fricker to star in ‘Bride’ co-prod’n

Pic fetes English women married to Canadian soldiers

LONDON — Anna Friel (“An Everlasting Piece”) and Brenda Fricker (“My Left Foot”) are set to star in “War Bride,” a $5 million Anglo-Canadian co-production to be directed by Lyndon Chubbock.

Lensing will begin April 24 on the pic, written by Angela Workman, who is currently penning “The Bronte Sisters” for DreamWorks. Based on her mother’s true story, it’s set during WWII and follows the fortunes of two young London women who marry two Canuck soldiers. When they move to Canada while their husbands go off to fight, they find the families hostile, and reality far harsher than their dreams.

Co-producers are the U.K.’s Random Harvest Pictures and Mind’s Eye Pictures from Canada. Random Harvest brings financing from sister company Harvest Pictures, which raises coin from private investors for British movies.

Producer Alistair MacLean-Clark describes the film as “the story of a woman’s emotional journey from the claustrophobia of war-torn London to the isolation of the prairies, and her struggle to overcome her inner demons and win through against adversity.”

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