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Hugh Dancy for Happy Prince role

Hugh Dancy is to star in Rupert Everett's directorial debut The Happy Prince.

The British actor - who is married to Homeland star Claire Danes and currently stars in TV drama Hannibal - has signed up to play a leading role in the film, about the last days of Oscar Wilde's life, Screen Daily reported.

Rupert, who recently played the Irish writer on stage in The Judas Kiss, will star as Wilde as well as directing the film from his own script.

Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson are also attached to star.

Hugh and Rupert appeared together in period romantic comedy Hysteria in 2011.

The Happy Prince is a dark comedy which takes its title from the Oscar Wilde children's story of the same name. It sees the once celebrated genius, fallen from grace, in the midst of a public meltdown as he reflects on his life and the love quadrangle he finds himself in between wife Constance and lovers Robert Ross and Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas.

BBC Films and Lionsgate have signed up to finance and distribute the film, which counts Colin Firth among its producers.

Filming will begin in October at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and on locations in Italy, Belgium, France and the UK.

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