Dark comedy The Happy Prince follows Oscar Wilde's final days and sees Hugh Dancy play Robbie Ross, Wilde’s best friend and the object of his affection.
The Importance of Being Ernest actor Rupert Everett has written the script, and will direct and star as Wilde in the movie, alongside a meaty cast – including Pride and Prejudice’s Colin Firth, War Horse’s Emily Watson and The Fully Monty’s Tom Wilkinson.
Principal photography will start in October at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and then move on to other European locations including Italy, Belgium, France and the UK.
BBC Films, Lionsgate UK Raindog Films are heading up the €10m project.
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