Arthur Newman has been picked up for US distribution by Cinedigm. Featuring performances by Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, Arthur Newman was directed by first-time feature film director Dante Ariola from a script by Becky Johnston (Prince of Tides, Seven Years in Tibet).
Cinedigm is planning a 2013 theatrical release.
The official synopsis: "Arthur Newman follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Firth). He hates his job, his ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins."
Announcing the pick up, Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, stated: "Arthur Newman is perfect for today's audiences...A deeply entertaining film highlighted by touching performances from Colin and Emily that bring real heart and soul to a powerful story of displacement, longing and ultimately, redemption. Moviegoers will leave the theatre moved and uplifted."
Blunt was mostly recently seen onscreen in Looper and is currently shooting All You Need is Kill with Tom Cruise. Firth has the remake of Gambit heading to theaters soon and recently completed work on Devil's Knot and The Railway Man.
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