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Mad Men alum Jared Harris stars with Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne in supernatural thriller. The Hammer production sets Harris as a professor who leads his students off the grid for an attempt to raise a poltergeist from negative human energy. John Pogue directs The Quiet Ones from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman. Lionsgate has North America and the UK, where the film begins its rollout April 11. Here’s the spooky first trailer:

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Cannes: Lionsgate Lands North American Distribution Rights To ‘The Quiet Ones’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what becomes the second significant domestic distribution deal on the eve of Cannes, Lionsgate closed a deal with Exclusive Media for North American distribution rights to the Hammer production of The Quiet Ones, the John Pogue-directed supernatural thriller that stars Mad Men‘s Jared Harris and Sam Claflin, who starred in the last Pirates Of The Caribbean. Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman wrote the script with Pogue.

This follows Warner Bros’ deal for the Ryan Gosling-directed How To Catch A Monster. The Quiet Ones will open April 25, 2014. Pogue wrote the script and Exclusive’s Tobin Armbrust and Simon Oakes will produce with James Gay-Rees, Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden of The Travelling Picture Show Company. Lionsgate already had UK rights. It’s a nice start for Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. The film is inspired by true events, and tells the story of a prof who uses controversial methods and engages his students in an attempt to raise a poltergeist from negative human energy. That can’t turn out well, can it? Read More »

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Lily Collins, Sam Claflin Board Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’

David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will debut Love, Rosie at the European Film Market this week in Berlin. Principal photography starts in May on the project, based on the novel Where Rainbows End by P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern. Calendar Girls‘ Juliette Towhidi wrote the script and German helmer Christian Ditter (Wickie And The Treasure Of The Gods, French For Beginners) is directing.

Lily Collins plays Rosie in the romantic comedy with Sam Claflin as her best friend and star-crossed lover, Alex. The pair are planning to head to the States for college together when Rosie discovers she’s pregnant after a crazy night out with the most popular boy in school. She encourages Alex to go without her and over the next 12 years their lives change but an undeniable connection remains. Read More »

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After Sam Claflin Exits For ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Belle’ Tolls For Sam Reid

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 5:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

When Sam Claflin had to drop out of Belle due to a date clash with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it created an opportunity for another young actor. Sam Reid has taken over to play the lead role of John Daviner in Amma Assante’s Belle. The film tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed race girl raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th Century and who fell in love with a man of high social standing (Reid). All of this happens in the backdrop of a legal case that helped end slavery in England. The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton and James Norton. Shooting begins September 24 with Damian Jones producing and funding from the BFI Film Fund.

There is precedent for Reid following Claflin. The latter graduated as the star student of the prestigious LAMDA in 2009 and Reid did the same thing the following year. He was cast in Anonymous while still a student in his final year. Reid just finished filming The Railway Man, opposite Sellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He also is in the Susanne Bier-directed Serena opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (sellers showed a promo reel yesterday here at Toronto) and he was in Hatfields & McCoys. Reid is repped by Luber Roklin, UK-based The Rights House and Australia-based RGM Artists … Read More »

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Sam Claflin Finally Set For Finnick In ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

By | Wednesday August 22, 2012 @ 9:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

This one took awhile, but Sam Claflin has finally been set for the role of Finnick, a key piece of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He had been the favorite for the last month, but he had a problem with an option owed to another studio that presented date problems. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter star Ben Walker, Boyd Holbrook and Tyler Hoechlin were the other competitors for that role, but Claflin’s schedule cleared and the Snow White And The Huntsman and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star now has a done deal.

Santa Monica, CA, August 22, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.

After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONES opposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along

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Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin Join Karl Urban-Starring ‘Overdrive’

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin (Snow White And The Huntsman) have been set to co-star in Overdrive, a car-heist movie being produced by Taken director Pierre Morel. Antonio Negret (Transit) is directing from a screenplay by Wanted scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. Karl Urban already has been cast in the story of two American brothers who decide to take their careers as car thieves to the next level by fleeing to the South of France, where they run afoul of a black marketeer. The pic is shooting in Marseille later in the summer; production was pushed back to accommodate Urban’s shooting schedule on Paramount’s Star Trek sequel. He also stars in Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot Dredd.

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Sam Claflin To Star Opposite Jared Harris In Hammer’s ‘The Quiet Ones’

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 2:30am PDT

Set to start shooting next month, The Quiet Ones is the latest Hammer film to go into production after Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman In Black scored a hit for the revived studio earlier this year. Mad Men‘s Jared Harris stars as a professor who leads his students off the grid for a dangerous experiment. Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Sam Claflin has now joined the supernatural thriller/horror pic. The Quiet Ones will be directed by Quarantine 2‘s John Pogue. Senna‘s James Gay-Rees is producing in association with TPSC Films. The story and original screenplay are by Tom DeVille with tweaks by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and Pogue. TPSC Film’s Steven Chester Prince is also producing. Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, will launch sales next week in Cannes.

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