Pathé has today announced that the theatrical release of Stephen Frears‘ The Lost King will with the 10th Anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.
Directed by Frears, from a script by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning creative team behind box office and critical hit, Philomena), the film stars Oscar nominee and Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky), Coogan (Stan & Ollie, Philomena) and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady).
The Lost King tells the remarkable life-affirming true story of how in 2012, after having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by amateur historian, Philippa Langley (Hawkins), whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics.
Commenting on the production, Actor, Writer and Producer Steve Coogan said “It’s been wonderful to reunite with Stephen and Jeff to bring this extraordinary story to cinemas. Philippa Langley’s passion, hard work and determination literally changed history, and we all felt it was important that her and Richard III’s story was told.”
The film is produced by Steve Coogan, Christine Langan (The Queen) and Dan Winch (A Very English Scandal) and is a Baby Cow production for Pathé, BBC Film, Ingenious Media and Screen Scotland. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Rose Garnett for BBC Film; Andrea Scarso for Ingenious; Jeff Pope and Philippa Langley. The film was Co-produced by Wendy Griffin.
Pathé will distribute the film in the UK & Ireland, France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world.