EXCLUSIVE: Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) is set to star in Oscar-winning duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s (Free Solo) narrative directorial debut Nyad.
Heralding from The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear and American Sniper producer Mad Chance, the hot package has come together during the virtual EFM, where CAA Media Finance is currently shopping it to domestic buyers and STXinternational is handling foreign rights.
The project is based on Diana Nyad’s best-selling autobiography Find A Way, which follows the remarkable true story of the swimmer who, at age 64, assisted by her best friend and crew of 35 dedicated supporters, defied the odds to become the first person to complete the 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida, through poisonous jellyfish and shark-infested waters.
Screenplay comes from Emmy-winner Ann Biderman (Ray Donovan) and Julia Cox (Parenthood). The aim is to start production this summer.
Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman (I Care a Lot) developed and will produce.
Black Bear debuted J Blakeson’s I Care A Lot last month, earning a Golden Globe win for Best Actress for Rosamund Pike. Black Bear’s slate also includes Neil Burger’s The Marsh King’s Daughter starring Daisy Ridley, which STXinternational is selling at the EFM.
Bening and Nyad are repped by CAA. Vasarhelyi and Chin, who recently signed with CAA for scripted projects, are also represented by WME and attorney Peter Nichols.
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