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Macfadyen to topline Ben Hopkins’ ‘Epic’

MyAnna Buring, Noah Taylor also star


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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