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Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy Join Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’

LONDON — “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, who plays “Queen Elizabeth II” in Netflix series “The Crown,” have joined director Andy Serkis’ true love story “Breathe.” The screenplay is written by William Nicholson, who was Oscar nominated for “Gladiator” and “Shadowlands.”

The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”) and The Imaginarium Studios. Embankment is handling worldwide sales. CAA and Embankment represent the producer for the U.S. sale. The film will be co-financed by BBC Films.

Garfield plays Robin, who is “handsome, brilliant and adventurous.” He is a man with his whole life ahead of him before he is “cruelly paralysed by polio.” Foy will star as Robin’s wife Diana, whose devotion and determination “transcend his disability.” “Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering, travelling the world and transforming the lives of others with their humor, courage and lust for life. A heart-warming and hilarious celebration of bravery and human possibility; a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.”

Cavendish commented: “Andy is the perfect choice to direct ‘Breathe.’ He is a visionary director with a superb take on this unusual and uplifting material. And above all, he is a superb director of actors.”

Serkis added: “I’m very excited by the prospect of working with Andrew. He is a remarkably gifted actor, capable of finding and expressing the deep emotions experienced by Robin, in spite of his disability. Claire is blessed with a diverse and exceptional range of work and is one of the U.K.’s most respected young actresses — she’s the perfect emotional foil to Andrew’s Robin and brings great strength of character to the pivotal role of Diana.”

“The Crown,” which is written by Peter Morgan and is directed by Stephen Daldry, premieres on Netflix in November.

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