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One Man, Two Guvnors Film in the Works

Playwright Richard Bean and original director Nicholas Hytner will serve as executive producers.

Suzie Toase, Oliver Chris, James Corden, and Jemima Rooper in the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
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Fox is developing a screen adaptation of One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean's comedy that played on Broadway in 2012. Deadline reports that the film will feature a screenplay by Oli Refson, with Bean and original director Nicholas Hytner serving as executive producers.

Based on the play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, One Man, Two Guvnors centers on Francis Henshall, who agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations, which Francis cannot keep straight.

James Corden won the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance as Francis Henshall, which he originated in the National Theatre of Great Britain production in London. The company also included Oliver Chris as Stanley Stubbers, Jemima Rooper as Rachel Crabbe, Tom Edden as Alfie, Martyn Ellis as Harry Dangle, Trevor Laird as Lloyd Boateng, Claire Lams as Pauline Clench, Fred Ridgeway as Charlie Clench, Daniel Rigby as Alan Dangle, and Suzie Toase as Dolly.

There is no word yet if Corden will star in the film, nor is there a timeline for release.


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