Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Andrew Scott (Spectre), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Anna Chancellor (What A Girls Wants) and Sheila Hancock (The Boy In The Striped Pajamas) have boarded Simon Aboud’s The Beautiful Fantastic. AMBI Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are teaming with Christine Alderson and her Ipso Facto production banner to finance and produce.
This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Despite her abandonment as a child, her OCD, her awful boss at the library and her paralyzing fear of flora and fauna, Bella is down but not out. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.
Principal photography starts this week in London. AMBI will oversee global distribution of the film through its international sales division, AMBI Distribution. Medinah, Head Gear, LipSync Post and The Project complete the financing. Kami Nagdi’s Constance Media was previously involved in the script development.