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.