London-based WestEnd Films has boarded Mandie Fletcher’s An Unsuitable Game starring Sian Clifford, Jessica Barden and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Fletcher, whose credits include Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, writes and directs this biographical drama about a group of female friends who set up an amateur football team during the first World War and kick-start the birth of British Women’s Football.
The film begins shooting in the UK in spring 2023 and is hoping for a release in line with the Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2023.
Stacey Parks and Jennifer Scully of Media Sparks Entertainment, who also produced SXSW title Fits And Starts, produce the title along with James Spring of Fred Films, with previous credits including Fisherman’s Friends and Blithe Spirit.
Clifford is best known for her role in Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ Fleabag while Barden has had roles in TV series’ Hanna and The End Of The F***ing World and Brown Findlay stars in upcoming Venice title The Hanging Sun which plays out of competition at the festival.
WestEnd Films has also acquired worldwide rights to UK writer-director Virginia Gilbert’s second feature Reawakening, about a couple whose daughter reappears after going missing a decade earlier aged just 14. Jared Harris and Erin Doherty star.