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‘Compleat’ ups its star quotient

Hatcher adapted his own 16 century-set play

Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson and Ben Chaplin have been added to the cast of Richard Eyre’s “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” starring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. Principal photography began Thursday.

“Beauty,” scripted by Jeffrey Hatcher from his play, is set in the 1660s. Crudup portrays an actor renowned for his ability to play female roles on the English stage at a time when men played all parts. When that changes in 1661, the woman who had been his dresser (Claire Danes) quickly becomes a star in the roles he once owned.

The film will be released in the U.S. by Artisan Entertainment, which optioned and developed the project with Tribeca Prods. and is co-producing.

“Beauty” is produced and financed by N1 European Filmproduktions in association with Qwerty Films. Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Hardy Justice produce for Tribeca, with Michael Dreyer co-producing.

Executive producers are Michael Kuhn, James D. Stern and Richard Eyre.

Artisan senior VP of production and acquisitions Rachel Cohen is the production exec on the film. Icon Entertainment Intl. handles sales.

Filming will continue on location in and around London and at Shepperton Studios through Aug. 22.

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