Miramax plays ‘Bolly’

'Pride' update to star Rai, Henderson

Miramax has pre-bought North American and Latin American distribution rights to “Bend It Like Beckham” helmer Gurinder Chadha’s next pic, Pathe U.K.’s “Untitled Bollywood Musical.”

An update of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” pic will star Martin Henderson (“The Ring”) as Darcy, and Bollywood superstar and Cannes Jury member Aishwarya Rai (“Devdas”).

Project, set in Goa, India, London and L.A., is being produced by Deepak Nayar and is skedded to begin production this July.

“My intention with this film is to introduce Bollywood cinema with a British twist to all the towns and cities and the heart of people across America,” said Chadha.

“This promises to be a spectacular musical and visual production,” said Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein.

Pic was brought into Miramax by Agnes Mentre, exec VP of acquisitions and co-production, London-based Colin Vaines, exec VP of European production and development and Maeva Gatineau, veepee of UK acquisitions.

Pathe is handling international sales rights to pic and retains UK distribution rights.

Chadha’s hit soccer-themed comedy “Bend It Like Beckham,” released domestically by Fox Searchlight has grossed $11 million to date.

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