Magazine article Screen International

'McKellen: Playing the Part' Gets Sales Deal, First Clip Released

Magazine article Screen International

'McKellen: Playing the Part' Gets Sales Deal, First Clip Released

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EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards doc about the life and career of acting legend Ian McKellen.

London-based sales and production outfit Independent has boarded feature documentary McKellen: Playing The Part and will introduce the title to buyers at Cannes.

Watch an exclusive first clip below, or click here to watch on mobile.

Joe Stephenson (Chicken) is directing the feature about the life of revered English actor Ian McKellen, whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and has seen him Oscar nominated for roles in Gods And Monsters and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.

The film, which is based around an exclusive 14-hour interview with McKellen, will also feature archive material of the actor's early work, and never-before-seen photography from McKellen's private collection.

English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel has written music for the film, which also features the likes of Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Milo Parker and Edward Petherbridge, who will appear in filmed sequences reconstructing parts of McKellen's early life.

Producers are Stephenson with Mark Birmingham, Lene Bausager and Sophia Gibber.

Currently in post-production, the film is financed by Great Point Media, with Lipsync Post Productions. …

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