Cannes: Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’

Romantic comedy stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy

CANNES — Lionsgate has taken U.K. rights to “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” which Lone Scherfig (“The Riot Club,” “An Education”) will direct. The pic will star Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

The romantic comedy, which is set in the early 1940s, combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. It’s a witty and warm-hearted portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.

BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the film, which is being produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (“Carol”) and Amanda Posey (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”). It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s novel. Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate U.K. and Christine Langan and Ed Wethered of BBC Films will exec produce.

The film is set to start shooting late summer. Hanway is handling worldwide sales in Cannes.

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