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Two-time Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine, recent work includes Eternal Beauty), and BAFTA nominee Rhys Ifans (upcoming The King’s Man, The Amazing Spider-Man), have joined the cast of comedy-drama THE FANTASTIC FLITCROFTS alongside Mark Rylance as shooting begins in the UK, it was announced today.

Ahead of the shoot, eOne have acquired UK distribution rights. Cornerstone Films who is overseeing worldwide sales and distribution has also closed deals with; A contracorriente films (Spain), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Ascot Elite (Switzerland) and a multi-territory deal with Universal Pictures International Entertainment including Germany, Austria, Italy, Benelux, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Middle East, Israel and CIS and Baltics.

BAFTA Award winning filmmaker and actor Craig Roberts is directing the film, from a screenplay by BAFTA winning writer, Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2). Farnaby adapted the script from his own book “The Phantom of the Open”, co-written by Scott Murray.

The film tells the heart-warming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.

Jake Davies (Artemis Fowl, A Confession), Christian Lees (Speechless, Sun Records), Jonah Lees (The Letter for the King, Sun Records), Mark Lewis Jones (Gangs of London, The Crown), and Johann Myers (Yardie, Silent Witness and upcoming Padan Fain in Wheel of Time) round out the cast.

THE FANTASTIC FLITCROFTS is produced by Water & Power’s Tom Miller, Baby Cow Films’ Nichola Martin, and Kate Glover. The film is executive produced by Christine Langan and James Swarbrick together with Cornerstone Films’ Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder, Ingenious Media’s Peter Touche and Christelle Conan, the BFI’s Mary Burke and BBC Films’ Rose Garnett.

The film was developed by BBC Films and the BFI with National Lottery funding. Funding comes from Cornerstone Films together with Ingenious Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Roberts reteams with Eternal Beauty cinematographer Kit Fraser (Under the Shadow), Sarah Finlay (Ammonite, Juliet, Naked), is production designer, Jonathan Amos (Paddington 2, Baby Driver), serves as editor and Shaheen Baig (Dream Horse, Fighting With My Family) is the casting director.

Tom Miller said “We are beyond excited by this incredible cast led by Mark, Sally, and Rhys; fantastic script; amazing director; brilliant crew – hopefully we’ll do Maurice proud.”

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