Magazine article Screen International

Elizabeth Banks to Star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant

Magazine article Screen International

Elizabeth Banks to Star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant

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Veteran art director and set designer Sloane U'Ren will direct the prestige adventure drama for producer and regular Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. UTA Independent Film Group represents North American rights.

Shooting is set to commence in spring on Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, the story of Caroline Baker, a pioneering female war photographer who gets shot down over a South Pacific island and finds herself marooned with only a Japanese soldier for company.

Over the course of three decades the unlikely pair go from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies as they endure nature and their fateful predicament.

Screenwriter Antony Neely reunites with U'Ren after the latter's 2011 time travel drama and directorial debut Dimensions.

This is a banner year for Banks, who has earned plaudits for her performance as Brian Wilson's wife Melinda Ledbetter in Love & Mercy. …

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