Curtis will direct the drama “The Golden Lady,” which tells the real-life story of how Maria Altmann and a young lawyer fought to reclaim several Klimt paintings stolen by the Nazis, including a famous portrait of Altmann’s aunt. Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay, and Origin Pictures’ David M. Thompson (“The First Grader”) is producing.
Ronan is attached to star in the World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” which “Calendar Girls” co-writer Juliette Towhidi adapted from the 1933 Vera Brittain memoir about how the war affected the women of the U.K. and her years as a nurse and journalist. “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman of Heyday Films is producing.
The two new projects join a roster of films that Langan has in development or post-production, including the Dustin Hoffman-directed “Quartet,” which the
BBC Films’ “Broken,” which Rufus Norris directed, opened Critics Week at Cannes this week, and the company’s “iLL Manors,” the directorial debut of rapper Plan B (Ben Drew), is selling at the festival market.
Recent BBC Films releases include “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Jane Eyre,” “Coriolanus” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” Forthcoming films include “Now is Good,” “Great Expectations,” “Shadow Dancer” and “360.”