×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan Enlist for ‘Military Wives’ From ‘Full Monty’ Director Peter Cattaneo

Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan have signed on for “Military Wives,” a film inspired by a BBC factual series about a choirmaster who selects and trains amateur singers, in this case the wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving abroad. Peter Cattaneo, who was Oscar-nominated for “The Full Monty” and his short “Dear Rosie,” will direct.

The story celebrates a band of misfit women who form a choir on a military base. As unexpected bonds of friendship flourish, music transforms their lives, helping them to overcome their fears for loved ones in combat. Shooting commences next month in the U.K.

The military wives edition of BBC factual entertainment series “The Choir” provided the jump-off point for the movie. It culminated in the wives’ choir performing a sell-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen, in 2011. The TV show is made by Warner Bros.-owned U.K. producer Twenty Twenty.

The feature will be produced by management and production firm 42 and is backed by Ingenious Media. Embankment arranged financing for the film and will launch worldwide sales going into Toronto. CAA co-represents U.S. rights. Lionsgate U.K. has acquired the film for the U.K.

“This is the kind of film I love to do; it will make people laugh, and make people cry, touching on the subject of families who are often forgotten,” Scott Thomas (“Darkest Hour”) said.

“I tried to talk them out of giving me this part because I can’t really sing,” added Horgan (“Catastrophe”). “But they just said ‘Pierce Brosnan’ and so here I am. I love Peter and I’m a huge, long-term fan of Kristin’s. Can’t wait to start working with them and telling this story.”

Rosanne Flynn and BAFTA nominee Rachel Tunnard wrote the screenplay and 42’s Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken are producing with Tempo Productions’ Piers Tempest.

Director Cattaneo said: “It’s exciting to bring life on a contemporary British Military base on screen through this story of ordinary women in unbelievably testing circumstances, finding courage in the cathartic power of singing together.”

More Film

  • Loco Films Boards 'Paper Flag' From

    Loco Films Boards 'Paper Flag' From Promising New Director Nathan Ambrosioni (EXCLUSIVE)

    Loco Films has come on board “Paper Flag” (“Les Papiers de drapeaux”), the feature debut of 18-year old French director Nathan Ambrosioni. The film explores the ambivalent relationship between two siblings and the concept of freedom. Guillaume Gouix (“The Returned”) stars as a young adult who has just got out of jail after 12 years [...]

  • 'Who Will Write Our History' Review:

    Film Review: 'Who Will Write Our History'

    The most famous diarist of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, began to write down the drama of her daily life with no ulterior motive (apart from her teenage ambition to write fiction). But in March 1944, the year before she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she heard a radio broadcast by a member of the [...]

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer

    Film News Roundup: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer Sets Sony Pictures Record

    In today’s film news roundup, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” sets a studio record, Chris Meledandri and Glenn Close are honored, an art-house streaming service is unveiled, and “Cliffs of Freedom” gets a release. TRAILER STATS The first “Spider-Man: Far From Home” trailer has set a record as the biggest digital launch in Sony Pictures history [...]

  • Frank Grillo Hell on the Border

    Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller 'Hell on the Border'

    Frank Grillo is set to star in the action-thriller “Hell on the Border” with Wes Miller directing. Miller also penned the script with Curtis Nichouls, Henry Penzi, and Sasha Yelaun producing. Ron Perlman is also on board to co-star. Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway in Birmingham, Ala. Grillo has [...]

  • Lee Unkrich Variety Oscars Nominees Lunch

    'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years

    Lee Unkrich, who won Academy Awards for “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is departing Pixar Animation Studios after 25 years to spend more time with his family. Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994 after working as an assistant editor in television on “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade.” He served as editor on Pixar’s first feature, 1995’s “Toy [...]

  • Velvet Buzzsaw trailer

    Netflix Original Movies: What to Look Forward To in 2019

    Following the biggest fourth-quarter worldwide subscriber gain ever and some controversy around increased prices in the U.S., Netflix looks to keep its momentum going into 2019. From Jan. 18 through March, the streaming site will release 10 original films, including action-packed thrillers, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, quirky comedies, inspirational dramas, an artistic horror movie and a viral [...]

  • Third 'Fantastic Beasts' Production Start Pushed

    Third 'Fantastic Beasts' Production Start Pushed Back Several Months

    Warner Bros. is pushing back the production start date of its third “Fantastic Beasts” movie several months from July to the late fall, a spokesperson said Friday. Actors have been notified about the change in dates. The untitled third “Fantastic Beasts” movie has not yet set a release date. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content