Swan Lake Movie: Universal Acquires Project to Star Felicity Jones

Universal has acquired the rights to an untitled movie based on the ballet Swan Lake with “Star Wars: Rogue One” star Felicity as star.

“A Bigger Splash” director Luca Guadagnino is already on board to direct from a script by Kristina Lauren Anderson.

Paramount was also bidding for the property.

Mandeville Films is producing, and WME represented the package. Erik Baiers will oversee the project for Universal.

Swan Lake, composed as a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875, and follows a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. But the movie project will not involve any ballet.

Jones starred as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One” and in “Inferno” opposite Tom Hanks. The British actress received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work in “The Theory of Everything.”

Guadagnino’s film, “Call Me by Your Name,” starring Armie Hammer, scored an impressive debut at the Sundance Film Fest and will be released by Sony Classics on November 24.

Anderson wrote “Catherine the Great,” which was No. 1 on the 2014 Black List. She is writing the series “Mrs. Hemingway” for Amazon.

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