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Macfadyen to topline Ben Hopkins’ ‘Epic’

MyAnna Buring, Noah Taylor also star

LONDON

Matthew Macfadyen and MyAnna Buring are reteaming in Ben Hopkins’ black comedy “Epic,” set to lense from mid-January in Georgia.

Brit Macfadyen, best known for playing Darcy in Joe Wright’s “Pride and Prejudice,” is starring alongside U.K.-based Swedish actress Buring in BBC skein “Ripper Street.”

The story, scripted by Hopkins and Pawel Pawlikowski, follows a down-on-his-luck, mentally unstable indie film helmer (Macfadyen) who is invited by the president of the Autonomous Republic of Karastan to helm an epic movie about the country’s heroic 14th-century founder.

Noah Taylor also stars.

The director role was originally written as an American with Ethan Hawke initially announced for the part in May.

“Epic” is the first co-production between Blighty and Georgia. Tbilisi-based Vladimir Katcharava of 20 Steps Prods. is partnering with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of the U.K.’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME). The film is also co-produced by Germany’s Brandstorm Entertainment and Russia’s Metra Films. Lensing will be based at the Georgian Film Studios.

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