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Myriad to mind ‘Matter’

Pic is slated for a spring production start in Utah

HOLLYWOOD — Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama “Dark Matter,” and Greg Kinnear has joined the cast, starring opposite Meryl Streep and Chinese thesp Liu Ye.

Pic is slated for a spring production start in Utah.

Inspired by a true story, film is the tale of a Chinese academic awarded special visa status to study in the U.S. Examining the origins of the universe, the student dreams of winning the Nobel Prize for his dark matter theory. But when his aspirations are thwarted by campus politics, tragedy follows.

Streep will portray a wealthy university donor who befriends the student.

Andrea Miller and Mary Salter, partners at Gotham-based shingle Saltmill, will produce. Financing comes through private equity.

Pic was penned by Billy Shebar and will be directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, an opera director making his film feature debut.

Chen helmed “Peach Blossom Fan,” a Chinese theater work that debuted at the Disney Music Hall in L.A., and “Peony Pavilion,” part of the Lincoln Center fest in New York.

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