Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Rice announced today that it will distribute Imagine Me & You (working title), a witty and refreshing story about love in all its iterations, in North America, Latin America, France, Italy and Japan. The film, which was acquired following its market premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Ol Parker ("It Was An Accident"), who also penned the screenplay, and stars Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Anthony Head and Eva Birthistle. Imagine Me & You (working title) will world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto Film Festival on September 9 and will open theatrically in the U.S. on February 10, 2006.
Imagine Me & You (working title) is an Ealing Studios and BBC Films presentation of a Cougar Films, Fragile Films, X Filme production in association with Focus Features, Minotaur Film Partnership No.3, RTL and Filmstiftung NTW and was produced by Sophie Balhetchet ("The Camomile Lawn", Ultraviolet), Barnaby Thompson (The Importance of Being Earnest, "An Ideal Husband") and Andro Steinborn ("Good Bye Lenin!", Heaven). The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight Executive Vice President Joseph De Marco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Safford with Andrew Herwitz, President of The Film Sales Company and Barnaby Thompson of Fragile Film Distribution.
Said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Rice: "We are confident that audiences will appreciate Imagine Me & You's fresh take on age-old dilemmas, and embrace the film as we at Searchlight have."
Said Producer Barnaby Thompson: "We're delighted that Fox Searchlight, who are so good at handling films like this, have picked up the film for so many territories."
Producer Sophie Balhetchet added: "It is wonderful to have Fox Searchlight's enthusiasm and commitment to distributing our film."
Imagine Me & You (working title) is about a girl who falls in love on her wedding day...but not with the man of honor. Heck (Matthew Goode) and Rachel (Piper Perabo) are a happy young couple about to embark on life together. But at the church, Rachel catches the eye of an unexpected guest. In that moment, she realizes that maybe Heck isn't the one for her. Of course, they will never know for sure unless they give it a shot. What follows is the romantic, humorous and sometimes poignant journey familiar to anyone who's ever been lucky (or unlucky) enough to be under love's spell.
Piper Perabo first shot to fame in 2000's Coyote Ugly, which earned her Breakthrough Female Performance award nominations from both the MTV Movie Awards and Blockbuster Awards and garnered her an MTV Movie Award for "Best Music Moment." She also appeared in Cheaper By the Dozen and will be seen in the upcoming sequel. Perabo's forthcoming projects include "Edison", opposite Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman; "!0th & Wolf", starring alongside James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brad Renfro and Dennis Hopper; "First Snow" and The Cave. Lena Headey won a Silver Iris Award from the Brussels European Film Festival for her role in "Aberdeen" opposite Charlotte Rampling. Her filmography includes POSSESSION opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ripley's Game opposite John Malkovich. She will next be seen opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm and opposite Perabo in The Cave.
Matthew Goode was nominated for several Teen Choice Awards for his role in the teen hit Chasing Liberty. He will next be seen in Woody Allen's Match Point and opposite Ed Harris in "Copying Beethoven". Celia Imrie's filmography includes Wimbledon, both "Bridget Jones' Diary" films, Calendar Girls and "Hilary and Jackie". She will next be seen in Nanny Mcphee, opposite Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury; in "Wah-Wah" opposite Gabrielle Byrne, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson; and Gary Sinyor's "In Your Dreams". Anthony Head is perhaps best known as Rupert Giles on the highly successful television program Buffy The Vampire Slayer and more recently, the hit comedy series 'Little Britain'. His feature filmography includes "Lady Chatterley's Lover". Eva Birthistle was named British Actress of the Year by the London Critics Circle Film Award for her role in "Ae Fond Kiss". Her feature filmography also includes Bloody Sunday and "Timbuktu".