CANNES — Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up U.K. rights to post-apocalyptic zombie thriller “She Who Brings Gifts.” Further cast have joined the project, alongside Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film in Cannes.
Newcomer Sennia Nanua, who is 12 years old, will take the leading role. McCarthy said of Nanua: “Sennia walked into the room as the last of 500 girls I’d met and just shone. She has taken being the lead actress in a film with Glenn, Gemma and Paddy in her stride and completely inhabits this amazing character. She’s a very special girl.”
Also added to the cast are Anamaria Marinca (“Fury,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,” “Europa Report”), Fisayo Akinade (“Cucumber,” “Banana,” “Ordinary Lies”), Anthony Welsh (“Starred Up,” “My Brother the Devil”) and Dominique Tipper (“DMX,” “Vampire Academy,” “Montana,” “The Expanse”).
“She Who Brings Gifts” takes place a generation after the world has ended. Four adults and a unique child will decide the fate of humanity.
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The pic, which is adapted by novelist M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All Gifts,” is directed by Colm McCarthy, and produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont. The movie, which will start shooting on May 17 in West Midlands, Central England, is funded by the BFI Film Fund, Creative England and Altitude Film Entertainment.