Brian Cox, Matthew Goode and James Nesbitt have joined thecast of Woody Allen's upcoming UK film.
The trio will appear alongside Scarlett Johansson, EmilyMortimer and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers when principal photography starts July 12thon location in and around London.
Financial partners in the film include BBC Films, Magic HourMedia, Thema Production and Invicta Capital, with the Bank of Ireland asprincipal bank. The financing was structured by Wiley and Darwin, with KamiNaghdi of Bird & Bird as principal legal advisor. International Sales willbe handled by HanWay Films.
The production comes during a busy summer for UK production,even if levels fail to hit last year's record volume. Other high-profile titlesin pre-production include Tim Burton's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, withJohnny Depp, and Goal!, although a new director is yet to be confirmedfollowing Michael Winterbottom's surprise exit. Also readying to shoot fromSeptember is Charles Sturridge's Lassie, which has Entertainment Film Distributorson board for the UK.
Meanwhile, David Cronenberg is set to shoot London Fieldsfor Tartan Films and Muse Productions, while Paul Mayeda-Berges is readyingMistress Of Spices. Other high-profile directors with UK-qualifying filmsinclude Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist) and Robert Altman (Paint). Additionally,Adrian Noble will direct Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan in Papa, while MerchantIvory Productions is shooting The White Countess from autumn in China andItaly.
In production are Warner Bros' Batman Begins and HarryPotter And The Goblet Of Fire, while larger scale indie projects shootinginclude Ask The Dust, with Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, and The ConstantGardner, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
On the popular location of the Isle of Man, Impact Pictureshas just started shooting The Dark. The island tax haven is also involved withanother current production, On A Clear Day.
Amongst the biggest indie productions currently in front ofthe cameras is The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, while Working Title Filmshas Nanny McPhee rolling.
Post-production is even busier, with Alexander, BrothersGrimm and Kingdom Of Heaven amongst the biggest titles keeping post houses inwork.