Tribeca closer is a ‘Beauty’

Eyre-helmed pic to bow May 8

Lions Gate Films’ “Stage Beauty,” starring Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Rupert Everett, will have its world premiere May 8 as the closing-night gala of the third Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Richard Eyre and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from his play “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” the comedic drama is set in 1660s London, when femme legit roles routinely were played by men. A decree by King Charles II that women should be played by women plummets celebrated stage star Ned Kynaston into oblivion until his former dresser — now a rising star — takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.

Ben Chaplin, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Griffiths and Zoe Tapper also star in the pic, which was produced by Robert De Niro, Hardy Justice and Jane Rosenthal. Eyre, Michael Kuhn, James D. Stern, Rachel Cohen and Amir Malin served as exec producers.

“Richard Eyre has taken the original play and really enhanced it for the screen,” said Rosenthal.

Pic marks the second feature from producers De Niro and Rosenthal to have its U.S. premiere at the event they co-founded with Craig Hatkoff. Tribeca Prods.’ “About a Boy” screened as part of the fest’s inaugural lineup in 2002.

Crudup, Danes, Eyre and Hatcher are expected to attend the gala premiere. Lions Gate is planning an October release in time for awards-season consideration.

Tribeca fest runs May 1-9, opening with Garry Marshall’s comedy “Raising Helen,” which stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett and Joan Cusack.

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