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Kristin Scott Thomas Feel-Good Story ‘Military Wives’ Acquired by Bleecker Street

Toronto Film Festival 2019: Peter Cattaneo directs British drama

Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Military Wives,” a British, feel-good drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas that made its premiere at TIFF on Friday, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Several distributors chased the film following its premiere screening, and Bleecker Street plans to release the film theatrically.

“Military Wives” is about a group of British wives whose husbands are serving overseas in Afghanistan and decide to form a choir in their absence. Their joy for singing soon inspires a media sensation and a global movement. The film is directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) and written by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard.

Sharon Horgan, Greg Wise and Jason Flemyng co-star in “Military Wives,” and the story is inspired by other similar choirs composed of military wives. Rounding out the cast and playing the military wives are Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly and India Ria Amarteifio.

“Military Wives” is produced by Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken and Piers Tempest. The film’s executive Producers include Zygi Kamasa, Peter Touche, Tim Haslam, Hugo Grumbar, Josh Varney, Liz Gallacher, Stephen Spence, Emma Berkofsky, Josh Horsfield, Jo Bamford, Orlando Wood, Hana Canter, Emma Willis, RenĂ© Besson.

The deal was negotiated by CAA Media Finance and Embankment Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

The film will be distributed by Lionsgate in the UK and levelFILM in Canada.