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Natalie Dormer Inks First-Look Deal With Fremantle, Preps Vivien Leigh Drama

“Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer will develop a slate of scripted projects under a new first-look deal she has signed with Fremantle, including a TV drama about legendary actress Vivien Leigh.

The Vivien Leigh project, “Vivling,” will be made with Fremantle and U.K. shingle Mainstreet Pictures. It will follow the highs and lows of the much-loved star of “Gone With the Wind” who conquered Hollywood and will “give audiences a glimpse into the complex mind of the creative genius,” the producers said.

Dormer said she was thrilled to be getting into the drama business with Fremantle: “Their impressive slate reflects a dedication to the highest-quality storytelling and the strength of their reputation internationally.”

The actress recently starred in Fremantle-produced “Picnic at Hanging Rock” for Foxtel in Australia. Her upcoming roles include the lead in “In Darkness,” a psychological thriller she co-wrote. She will also appear in Icon Productions’ adaptation of the Simon Winchester bestseller “The Professor and the Madman,” starring opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

“Natalie is a true talent both as an actress and producer,” said Christian Vesper, Fremantle’s EVP and creative director for global drama. “Her great ambition and taste for compelling entertaining projects is a perfect mix to add to the Fremantle family.”

The next Dormer-Fremantle projects will be announced soon, the partners said.

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