LONDON — Brit comedy “A Bunch of Amateurs,” starring Burt Reynolds, has been chosen as the 2008 Royal Film Performance, replacing “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which has had its release pushed back.
As previously scheduled, the event will be attended by Queen Elizabeth II on Nov. 17 at the Odeon, Leicester Square.
Helmed by Andy Cadiff, “Amateurs” stars Reynolds as an aging Hollywood star lured to England to play King Lear in what he believes is the next big production in Stratford-upon-Avon. Imelda Staunton and Derek Jacobi also star.
All coin raised from the annual charity event will go to the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund, which supports industry employees and their families who have fallen on hard times.
Last year, the Royal Film Performance of helmer Sarah Gavron’s controversial “Brick Lane,” about a Bangladeshi woman who arrives in the U.K. for an arranged marriage, was shelved — the first time since 1958 that the event has not taken place.
Entertainment will release “Amateurs” in Blighty in December.