BrendaBlethyn and Hugh Bonneville have been cast in the comedy Piccadilly Jim, joining Sam Rockwell and TomWilkinson in the adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse classic novel scripted byOscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
Set tobegin shooting this month in the UK under director John McKay (Crush), Piccadilly Jim is set in 1930's England, andfollows the romantic misadventures of a dashing American ne'er-do-well, JamesCrocker (Rockwell), desperate to shed his scandalous reputation to impress thegirl of his dreams.
PiccadillyJim is co-financed and co-produced by Mission Pictures and Myriad Pictures,alongside Ingenious Media's Inside Track and the Isle of Man. The film wasdeveloped at Mission and Peter Czernin and Graham Broadbent will produce alongsideMission chairman Andrew Hauptman.
Theexecutive producers are Kirk D'Amico, president of Myriad Pictures, and MarionPilowsky, Myriad's London-based head of international production, along withSteve Christian of the Isle of Man Film Ltd. Myriad will be presenting theproject at the upcoming MIFED film market in Milan.
Blethyn'saward-winning career so far spans both comedies and dramas. Her performance inMike Leigh's Secret And Lies in 1996 brought her an Academy Award nomination and best actresstrophies from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival. She wasonce again nominated for an Oscar in 1998, for role in Little Voice.
HughBonneville earned a BAFTA nomination and the 2002 New Talent Award for hisstarring role in Iris. Among his numerous film credits are Mansfield Park, Blow Dry, Notting Hill and Tomorrow Never Dies. He will soon be seen co-starringwith Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Rupert Everett in Compleat Female StageBeauty.
PiccadillyJim joins a salesslate at Myriad Pictures that already includes: the family comedy Eulogy; the comedic bio-pic Kinsey starring Liam Neeson and LauraLinney; Being Julia starring Annette Bening; and the supernatural thriller Trauma with Colin Firth and Mena Suvari(that also involved the investment vehicle of the Isle of Man Film Commission).
MissionPictures is the film production company created in 2001 when Andrew Hauptmanacquired Dragon Pictures. The first production from Mission's 2003 slate isDanny Boyle's eagerly awaited Millions, scripted by Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Inaddition to Piccadilly Jim, Mission is preparing Divorce - A Love Story by Mark Klein (Serendipity), a new project from upcoming UK directorDominic Savage and Seventh Heaven to be directed by Gillian Armstrong. Mission recently produced thesword-and-sandles spoof Gladiatress, for Icon.