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Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Team For Lying, Thieving Dark Comedy

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 11, 2011 3:24 AM
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Yep, more new projects from Cannes. Bear with us.

Deadline reveals that Colin Firth and Emily Blunt are set to pair on an untitled dark comedy that Focus Features International is selling around the market on the Croisette. Written by Becky Johnston ("Seven Years In Tibet," "The Prince Of Tides") Firth will play "a man who hates his job and is hated by his ex-wife and son. Feeling he missed his one shot at living the dream, he fakes his death and buys a new identity. Along the way he meets a woman (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. The pair break into empty homes and pose as the absent owners. The two find a kinship despite all the lying."

Sounds like a wickedly dark premise. Firth is fresh off his Oscar win for "The King's Speech," and seems to be eager to play with his persona, taking a similarly shaded lead in the upcoming "Gambit" while also eyeing Park Chan-wook's English language debut "Stoker." And he'll have a formidable co-star in Blunt who is making her way in the upper ranks of top tier actresses in Hollywood with roles in "The Muppets," "Looper" and "Five Year Engagement" on the way. She also shined most recently opposite Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau." If there is any question mark right now, it's with director Dante Ariola, a commercial and music video director who will be making his feature debut. He seems to have everything he needs to make a solid picture so let's hope he doesn't mess it up.

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  • Calum Reed | May 11, 2011 6:26 AMReply

    For some reason I read this as "Clive Owen and Emily Blunt," and was far less happier when I re-read and found out it was Firth. I hope that they're not going to be lovers in it!

    It's an interesting project by an interesting screenwriter, nevertheless.

  • sp | May 11, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    Mason ( or whatever different names you use ), please stop with that an actress is " beautiful " and " need to do more mainstream films or American films" in your comments. This beyond annoying.

  • Mason | May 11, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    Emily is incredibly beautiful.
    I hope Colin Firth does more American films from now on.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | May 11, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    Yes, we do. Stay tuned. A plethora of reviews will be coming.

  • Wild Bill Hicks | May 11, 2011 3:40 AMReply

    Do you have people at Cannes?
    And by people I meant reviewers.

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