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TIFF Exclusive: Colin Firth and Emily Blunt Swap Identities In New Photos From ‘Arthur Newman’

TIFF Exclusive: Colin Firth and Emily Blunt Swap Identities In New Photos From 'Arthur Newman'

Oscar-winner Colin Firth stars alongside Emily Blunt for the first time in the dark comedy “Arthur Newman,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a matter of days — and we’ve got two exclusive photos from the film to share with you.

Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, “Arthur Newman” centers on a depressed divorcee (Firth) who after faking his own death and adopting a new identity meets a troubled young woman (Blunt) in a motel. When she discovers his secret, she decides to follow suit, leading the pair to embark on a cross-country spree of life-swapping and bed-hopping.

The film is currently without a distributor, but with Firth and Blunt headlining expect that to change soon after its premiere Monday, September 10.

Below are the two exclusive photos:

Official synopsis:

Wallace Avery is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides the time has come for a radical solution.  He literally walks away from his life, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz  – Terre Haute, Indiana – where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro. Wallace’s idea of a second chance is to become a second person.His road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela Fitzgerald, whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a motel.  It takes her all of a couple hours to bust Arthur’s identity scam.  It takes Arthur a lot longer to bust hers.Colin Firth and Emily Blunt co-star in this gently comic love story set in a perfect storm of identity crisis. “Arthur Newman,” from a screenplay written by Becky Johnston, looks at how two people, desperate to remake themselves, fall in love and find a way to accept responsibility for who they really are. 

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