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Rockwell will pocket ‘Piccadilly’

Thesp to play an American in 1930s London, Gotham

LONDON — Sam Rockwell is set to star in John McKay’s “Piccadilly Jim,” adapted by “Gosford Park” scripter Julian Fellowes from P.G. Wodehouse’s comic novel.

The $15 million project is being produced by London-based Mission Pictures, with worldwide sales handled by Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill’s Odyssey Entertainment.

Rockwell will play Jim Crocker, an American rogue on the loose in 1930s London and New York. When his scandalous reputation upsets his social-climbing stepmother and scares off the girl of his dreams, transatlantic hijinks ensue as Jim attempts to redeem himself.

Tom Wilkinson is signed to play his father, with more casting to be confirmed imminently. Shooting is scheduled for October.

McKay previously directed the romantic comedy “Crush,” starring Andie McDowell, for FilmFour.

Mission is currently producing Danny Boyle’s “Millions” and “Gladiatress,” featuring the trio of femme comics from the Channel 4 show “Smack the Pony.”

Odyssey’s slate includes Joel Schumacher’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” John Williams’ animated movie “Valiant” and “The Libertine,” starring Johnny Depp and John Malkovich.

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