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Helena Bonham Carter and Pierce Brosnan to star in new romcom about the 1914 production of Pygmalion

Helena Bonham Carter and Pierce Brosnan set to star in new romcom telling the story behind the famed 1914 West End production of Pygmalion

British screen legends Pierce Brosnan and Helena Bonham Carter are joining forces for a new romantic comedy. 

According to Deadline, Helena, 54, and Pierce, 67, will star in Not Bloody Likely, which will tell the true story of the actors performing in the famed 1914 West End production of Pygmalion.

The romcom will see James Bond actor Pierce star as playwright George Bernard Shaw.

New part: British screen legends Helena Bonham Carter and Pierce Brosnan and are joining forces in a romcom telling the true story of the famed 1914 West End production of Pygmalion

Harry Potter star Helena will appear as esteemed actress Mrs. Pat Campbell, who plays Eliza Doolittle, the main character in the play. 

Pygmalion tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, who is first introduced as a foul-mouthed flower girl but ends up transformed into a beautiful woman. 

The film is set to revolve around Shaw’s relationship with Campbell, who was in years gone by his great love interest.     

The play opened in London in April 1914, at His Majesty’s Theatre and ran for 118 performances. 

Love interest: Pierce Brosnan will appear as playwright George Bernard Shaw, who was in years gone by a love interest of Helena's character Pat Campbell

Love interest: Pierce Brosnan will appear as playwright George Bernard Shaw, who was in years gone by a love interest of Helena’s character Pat Campbell

Shaw famously directed tempestuous rehearsals that were often punctuated by actors storming out of the theatre in anger.

Filming on Pierce and Helena’s new flick will kick off in the spring of 2021.   

The film is being produced by Adam Rolston and David Braithwaite and directed and written by Joel Hopkins.

Producers Rolston and Braithwaite told the website: ‘This is exactly the kind of film the world needs right now. 

‘A feel-good story that will make you laugh and make you cry for the right reasons. We can’t wait to get started.

Iconic: Pierce, 67, remains best known for playing James Bond between 1995 and 2002

Iconic: Pierce, 67, remains best known for playing James Bond between 1995 and 2002

Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder added: ‘Joel’s wonderfully entertaining script breathes new life into the most beloved of Shaw’s plays and the casting of Helena Bonham Carter and Pierce Brosnan will make this a strong commercial proposition for buyers around the world. 

Both Pierce Brosnan and Helena Bonham Carter’s representatives have been approached by MailOnline for comment.  

Helena is next set to appear later in November in Series 4 of The Crown, in which she reprises her role of Princess Margaret opposite Olivia Coleman’s Queen.  

Royalty: Helena meanwhile is next set to appear later in November in Series 4 of The Crown, where she will reprise her role of Princess Margaret opposite Olivia Coleman's Queen

Royalty: Helena meanwhile is next set to appear later in November in Series 4 of The Crown, where she will reprise her role of Princess Margaret opposite Olivia Coleman’s Queen

It was recently revealed that Lesley Manville, 64, will replace Helena in the fifth and sixth series of Netflix drama The Crown, in which she stars as the Queen’s free-spirited sister Princess Margaret. 

Imelda Staunton will also join the cast. She has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II in the hit show, taking over from Olivia Colman.

Lesley is believed to have been producers’ first choice for the role, and is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’.  

Confirming the news in a statement, she said: ‘I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret. The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down.

‘Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.’

The role has been played by Helena for season three and upcoming season four, and was taken on by Vanessa Kirby in season one and two.

Season four of The Crown is set to return to screens on Sunday, November 15th on Netflix.

Replacement: It was revealed over the summer that Lesley Manville, 64, will replace Helena in the fifth and sixth series of Netflix drama The Crown

 Replacement: It was revealed over the summer that Lesley Manville, 64, will replace Helena in the fifth and sixth series of Netflix drama The Crown

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