Justin Chadwick Grabs A “First Grader”

Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Bleak House”) is set to direct “The First Grader” for BBC Films, Sixth Sense Productions and Origin Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on a true story, the film follows an elderly Kenyan who signs up for school on the back of a government pledge of free education for everyone.

Having fought for his country’s liberation, the old man wants the chance of an education so long denied — even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside 6-year-olds.

Emmy winner Ann Peacock (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) penned the script while Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo star.

Shooting is currently underway around Nairobi for a six-week shoot. David Thompson, Richard Harding and Sam Feuer are producing.

Chadwick remains attached to “The Tenderness of Wolves” and the William Tell feature “Ironbow” which are both in development.