As we've previously (and delightedly) shared, Lone Scherfig (AN EDUCATION) is attached to direct this feature film scripted by Gaby Chiappe, and the project was selected for the Brit List 2014. Now, we've got yet more exciting news...
The cast for the film has just been announced, and it includes Gemma Arterton (QUANTUM OF SOLACE), Sam Claflin (THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY) and Bill Nighy (THE SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL).
The film was developed by BBC Films, who are also co-financing (exec producers Christine Langan and Ed Wethered), and it is produced by Oscar-nominated Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (MADE IN DAGENHAM) and Amanda Posey (BROOKLYN).
THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF is adapted by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s 2009 novel, and is a romantic comedy set in early 1940’s WW2 London.
As Deadline Hollywood puts it, the story is 'imbued with the screwball repartee of classic Hollywood of the time, THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF is a battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale during the Blitz'.
HanWay will handle worldwide sales, and the principal photography is planned for late summer.