Andrew Garfield’s ‘Breathe’ Bought by Participant Media, Bleecker Street

Toronto 2016: Real-life story of inspirational polio survivor will also star Claire Foy

Last Updated: September 10, 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Bleecker Street and Participant Media have landed the domestic distribution rights to Andy Serkis‘ “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.

The deal was packaged out of the Toronto International Film Festival. Garfield will portray real-life polio survivor Robin Cavendish, with Foy (“Wolf Hall”) to star as his wife, Diana.

Serkis, the prolific motion-capture actor who is directing Warner Bros.’ upcoming take on “The Jungle Book,” will direct from a script by “Gladiator” writer William Nicholson. Three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson will serve as cinematographer.

Cavendish, a zesty and adventurous man, is struck with polio but he and his wife “refuse to be imprisoned by suffering, traveling the world and transforming the lives of others with their humor, courage and lust for life,” according to a synopsis.

“Downton Abbey” alum Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander co-star.

“Our company has all aspects of great performance at the center of everything we do, and Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy give extraordinary performances in our film,” Serkis said in a statement.

Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street, Jonathan King and Gabriel Brakin for Participant Media, and Embankment’s Tim Haslam on behalf of Serkis’ company Imaginarium.

Embankment also represents international rights where the film is pre-sold to over 30 territories.