BBC Films Announce “Golden,” “Testament”

BBC Films revealed its upcoming slate at Cannes yesterday and revealed information on two new projects according to Yahoo.

The first is that Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn”) is set to direct the art-world drama “The Golden Lady” which David M. Thompson will produce.

Penned by playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell, the true story follows Maria Altmann who fought to reclaim several Gustav Klimt paintings, including a family member’s portrait, which were stolen from her family by the Nazis in World War II.

The other is that Saoirse Ronan is attached to star in an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s 1933 memoir “Testament of Youth”.

The story deals with how the first world war affected the women of the U.K. along with Brittain’s years as a nurse and journalist. Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”) adapted the script while David Heyman (“Harry Potter”) is producing.

The pair join a line-up that includes already announced projects in the works like Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel “A Long Way Down”, the Steve Coogan-led “Alan Partridge” movie, Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman”, the Tom Hanks-led “Saving Mr. Banks”, Richard Shepard’s crime comedy “Dom Hemingway”, and the Rooney Mara-led adaptation of the Colm Toibin novel “Brooklyn”.