Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox and Sienna Miller have joined the cast of Stardust for director Matthew Vaughn.
Vaughn, who made his directorial debut on the acclaimed thriller "Layer Cake," will direct and produce the film, which will be co-produced and co-financed by Paramount, Vaughn's UK based MARV Films and Ingenious Film Partners. Paramount Pictures will handle worldwide distribution. Filming begins in the UK and Iceland this April.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the film through his company di Bonaventura Pictures which has a first-look deal at Paramount. Michael Dreyer and Gaiman are also attached as producers. Stephen Marks and Peter Morton as Executive Producers.
Stardust was written by Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman and is adapted from the 1997 award-winning novel written by Neil Gaiman ("Princess Mononoke," "Beowulf").
"I am delighted to be able to work with such a stellar cast in bringing the magic of 'Stardust' to the screen. I look forward to once again shooting in the UK," said Vaughn.
Stardust is a fantasy, adventure love story. In the sleepy English village of Wall a young man named Tristian (Charlie Cox) goes on a quest to win the heart of his beloved, Vicotria (Sienna Miller). His journey in search of a falling star Yvaine (Clarie Danes) takes him into a magical world where he faces the witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) and a pirate, Capitan Shakespeare (Robert De Niro).
MARV Films was founded by Matthew Vaughn in 2003. The company's first production was Vaughn's directorial debut, the successful "Layer Cake" which starred Daniel Craig and Michael Gambon. Previously Vaughn produced the smash hits, "Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000).
Brad Weston, co-president of production for Paramount Pictures, will oversee the film for the studio along with SVP, production Dan Levine.
eadline world is getting weirder, and I'm doing almost nothing but writing, eating, sleeping, and, when I remember, bathing, given that I'm flying to the UK on Friday (and bringing Miss Maddy along, as it's her spring break), and have to get several other things finished before I get out there and plunge myself into WOLVES (with, perhaps a smidge of Stardust on the side -- and incidentally, according to today's Variety
Paramount has set Robert De Niro , Michelle Pfeiffer Claire Danes, Charlie
Cox and Sienna Miller to star in "Stardust," an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman
novel to be directed by Matthew Vaughn. Pic begins shooting in the U.K.
and Iceland next month.)
(And Mark Strong will be playing Septimus.)
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