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AFM: Sony nabs Robert Pattinson pic ‘Bel Ami’

Uma Thurman also stars in Declan Donnellan's drama

LONDON – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snapped up North American rights to ”Bel Ami,” toplining Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman.

Pic, which is being shopped by U.K.-based Protagonist Pictures, is helmed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.

Deal was negotiated by SPWA’s exec veep of business affairs Michael Helfand and veep of acquisitions and distribution Tana Evans and Protagonist Pictures CEO Ben Roberts.

It marks the second acquisition from SPWA in as many days , the outfit bought U.S. rights to Michael Winterbottom’s comedy ”Bailout,” toplining Jack Black, on Wednesday.

“Bel Ami,” penned by Rachel Bennette and based on the tome by Guy de Maupassant, sees Pattinson play a penniless ex-soldier whose rises through the echelons of the Parisian beau monde in the 1890s in a tale of ambition, power and seduction.

Uberto Pasolini (“The Full Monty,” “Machan”) produces while Simon Fuller serves as exec producer.

Pic is a Red Wave Films production in association with XIX Film, Protagonist Pictures and RaiCinema.

Protagonist has already inked a slew of international deals for the pic including Studiocanal for U.K., France and Germany, RaiCinema for Italy, Hopscotch for Australia and California Filmes for Latin America.

Additional deals include Benelux (Independent), Switzerland (Impuls), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Hong Kong/Macau (Golden Scene) and South Korea (Unikorea Culture and Art) in addition to many others.

International roll out of the pic will begin from February 2012.

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