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Jim Broadbent to Star in Scott Free’s ‘Get Santa’

Family comedy joins Altitude's Cannes slate

LONDON — Jim Broadbent is to topline Christopher Smith’s family comedy “Get Santa,” which is produced by Liza Marshall and exec produced by Ridley Scott for Scott Free London.

Pic tells the story of a father and son who set out to save Christmas: they must find Rudolph, travel to Lapland, befriend the elves and break Santa out of jail. The pic will be sold at Cannes by U.K.-based Altitude Film Sales, launched last year by Will Clarke and Mike Runagall.

Also on Altitude’s Cannes slate is helmer-scribe Leanne Pooley’s 3D docu-drama “Beyond the Edge,” about the 1953 conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Pic is produced by Matthew Metcalfe, production designer is Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and the cinematographer is Richard Bluck (“Avatar,” “The Hobbit”).

Altitude also is selling Thomas Daley’s thriller “Tiger House,” starring Kaya Scodelario (“Wuthering Heights”), Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”) and Dougray Scott (“My Week With Marilyn”). Pic is about a troubled teen who fights back against an armed gang, which has kidnapped her boyfriend’s family. Richard Mansell (“A Dangerous Method”) and Tarquin Glass produce with filming due to start in September.

Other Cannes pics include Johannes Roberts’ “47 Meters Down.” Pic is about a cage-diving expedition off the coast of Mexico to observe Great White sharks that goes catastrophically wrong. It features rising star Vanessa Kirby, who toplines Richard Curtis’ upcoming “About Time” for Working Title, and is produced by Mark Lane and James Harris.

Also on the Altitude slate is Nick Nevern’s soccer comedy “The Hooligan Factory.”

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