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Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent Heist Movie ‘The Duke’ Lands at

Director Roger Michell’s comedic heist film “The Duke,” starring Oscar winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, the distributor introduced Tuesday.

Sony Classics acquired all rights within the U.S., Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (besides Poland, the Czech Republic and the previous Yugoslavia), Russia/CIS, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, South East Asia (besides Japan and China) and India.

The movie, which had its world premiere on the Venice Film Festival, is predicated on the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old British taxi driver who in 1961 managed to steal Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London — the primary and (thus far) solely theft within the museum’s historical past. Kempton despatched ransom notes saying that he would return the portray given that the federal government agreed to supply TV totally free to the aged.

“Notting Hill” director Michell labored from a script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman,

Nicky Bentham produced the movie, whereas government producers embrace Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Peter Scarf and Christopher Bunton.

Under co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Sony Classics has launched prestigious movies which have received 35 Academy Awards and have garnered 149 Oscar nominations.

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