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Lionsgate UK makes six acquisitions ahead of Cannes – movieScope

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, said, “We are delighted to be adding these titles to our already strong and diverse slate. It is fantastic to be welcoming back filmmakers and forging new relationships as part of our ongoing support and investment in British films and British talent.”

Locke, written and directed by Academy Award nominated Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), is produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley. The film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled 90-minute race against time, and stars Tom Hardy, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, Alice Lowe and dual BAFTA TV winner Olivia Colman.

Starring Kate Hudson and Ewan McGregor, Born to be King is written and directed by Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It). It is about a film extra who shares a striking resemblance to a movie star.

The Keeping Room is set in the waning days of the Civil War. A soldier who has broken off from the Union Army encounters a group of women who have been left to fend for themselves. Directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and written by Julia Hart, the film stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling.

Based on the novel by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), Horns has been adapted for the screen by Keith Bunin and is directed by Alexandre Aja (Mirrors). Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young man who wakes up with strange horns sprouting from his temples in the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death.

What We Did on Our Holiday starts shooting on June 17th 2013 and is a British family comedy written and directed by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, the creators of the BBC hit comedy Outnumbered. It stars some of Britain’s best-loved acting talent including Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Ben Miller. The film is produced by award-winning Producer David M Thompson (Revolutionary Road, Billy Elliot, An Education) alongside Dan Winch, in his first Producer role.

The final addition to this new slate of acquistions is Love, Rosie, with Lily Collins in the title role and Sam Claflin as her best friend and star-crossed lover, Alex. Christian Ditter (French for Beginners) directs the film from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls) based on the best-selling novel Where Rainbows End by internationally renowned author Cecelia Ahern. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, Resident Evil franchise) and Canyon Creek Films’ Simon Brooks (White Noise) will produce. Constantin Film’s Head of Film & TV, Martin Moszkowicz, will executive produce. Principal photography will commence in May 2013.