Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Sophie Hyde’s (“52 Tuesdays,” “Animals”) “Good Luck To You, Leo Grande” starring Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson (“Late Night,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) and Daryl McCormack (“The Wheel of Time,” “Peaky Blinders”). Katy Brand (“Nanny McPhee Returns,” “Walking on Sunshine”) penned the film, which was produced by Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures and Adrian Politowski of Align. “Good Luck To You, Leo Grande” made its world premiere to critical acclaim out of the virtual Sundance Film Festival and will stream exclusively as an Original film on Hulu in the U.S.
Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson), a retired school teacher, is yearning for some adventure, and some sex. Good sex. And she has a plan, which involves hiring a young sex worker named Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack).
“Sophie Hyde has brought Katy Brand’s brilliant script to life with a joy and humanity that perfectly captures the journey of searching for connection and liberation,” said Searchlight Presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ is a beautiful film, and Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are simply perfect.”
“We are soaked in a culture that encourages us to dislike our bodies and be ashamed of what brings us pleasure but I hope Leo Grande brings much pleasure to U.S. audiences,” commented director Sophie Hyde. “I loved every second of working with Emma and Daryl on this movie. Collaborating with them, and the incredible artists who helped craft the movie, has been a true delight and I couldn’t be more thrilled that the team at Searchlight will be guiding its release.”
Producers Debbie Gray and Adrian Politowski added, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Searchlight on our wonderful ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.’ The team at Searchlight has proven beyond a doubt that great films are brought together through the support of inspiring storytellers. We are honored to be in the company of this great roundtable and we’re eager to bring Leo Grande to audiences across the U.S.”
Paul Hoffman, Head of Searchlight Business Affairs, and Chan Phung, SVP of Acquisitions and Production negotiated the deal with CAA Media Finance and Cornerstone. Katy Brand, Julian Gleek, Sophie Hyde, Mark Gooder, Alison Thompson, Nadia Khamlichi, Nessa McGill, and Martin Metz are executive producers.
“Good Luck To You, Leo Grande” marks Searchlight Pictures’ second Sundance acquisition following Mimi Cave’s evocative thriller “Fresh” starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan.
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