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Fremantle, Mainstreet in Vivien Leigh biopic

FremantleMedia, UK production company Mainstreet Pictures and Game of Thrones’ star Natalie Dormer have linked up to develop a drama based on the life of British Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh.

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The story will explore Leigh’s marriage to Laurence Olivier, her Academy Award-winning performances in Gone with The Wind and Streetcar Named Desire, female equality, the abuse of power and living with mental health problems.

Acclaimed screenwriter Stewart Harcourt (Maigret, Churchill’s Secret) is on board and has access to a wealth of archive material alongside Kendra Bean’s book Vivien Leigh – An Intimate Portrait.

FremantleMedia International will hold the global distribution rights to the series, with Dormer serving as producer as well as starring.

Christian Vesper, executive VP and creative director for global drama at FremantleMedia, said: “The story of the legendary movie star will be a compelling exploration of the woman who was transcendently known for some of the most memorable screen performances of all time.

“We’re looking forward to working with Natalie Dormer and Mainstreet Pictures to develop the series ready for global audiences.”

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