Tim Roth is in final negotiations to play 17th century English revolutionary Oliver Cromwell in IAC Film's Crowmell And Fairfax.
Roth will star opposite Dougray Scott, who plays general Fairfax. Mike Barker is directing the $23m Natural Nylon production, which is to shoot in January after cutting a deal with UK actor's union Equity to side-step its planned strike.
The title is one of eight European films in a slate deal between IAC and LA and Brussels-based production and financing operation Corsan. IAC has worldwide rights on the $20m Spoils, starring Bruce Greenwood and Linda Fiorentino. Nicholas Meyer will direct the post WW2 story about a heist early next year in Germany, Luxembourg and the US. IAC and Corsan are also partnering on Charles V, an epic story about the sixteenth century king.
Other recent additions to IAC's line-up include Secret Passage, a $21m Spanish inquisition story starring John Turturro and Tara Fitzgerald, and Carolina, which Miramax Films has for the US.
IAC has postponed plans to float on London's Alternative Investment Market until the middle of next year. "Market conditions made it difficult so we decided to wait," said IAC's Guy Collins.