Leading sales and finance company Protagonist Pictures is launching worldwide sales ahead of Cannes on director Simon Curtis’ (My Week with Marilyn, Downton Abbey: A New Era) heartwarming comedy, Encore, it was announced today by Dave Bishop, CEO of Protagonist Pictures.  The feature reunites eight-time Academy Award-nominee and three-time Emmy Award-winner Glenn Close (The Wife, Fatal Attraction) and Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons (House of Gucci, D.C.’s Justice League, HBO’s “Watchmen”) 34 years after their critically acclaimed hit, Reversal of Fortune. Three-time Emmy-winner Henry Winkler (HBO’s “Barry,” “Arrested Development”) and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Don Johnson (Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Knives Out) round out the ensemble cast.

Encore is written by Academy Award nominee Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat), and produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner for Temple Hill Entertainment (The Twilight Saga, The Maze Runner Trilogy). Ryan Cunningham serves as co-producer. Protagonist Pictures is handling international rights, while UTA Independent Film Group and CAA Media Finance will be handling US sales.

Encore is a funny and uplifting story of retired actors reigniting their passion for life. Former Broadway icons Marie (Glenn Close) and Nigel (Jeremy Irons) are new residents of a retirement home, where they discover a community of forgotten talents. Motivated to revive Nigel’s passion for theatre and embrace this new chapter in their life, Marie decides to stage a production with the residents, pulling everyone out of their past and into their present. This production will be their Encore!

“Full of emotion and laughter and anchored by a fantastic cast, Encore is exactly the type of feel-good comedy audiences are craving – the perfect film at the perfect time to present to our buyers at Cannes,” said Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Dave Bishop. “With Simon’s undeniable creative force behind the camera, and the extraordinary track record of our friends at Temple Hill, I cannot think of a better team of filmmakers to partner with on this project.”

“I loved Robert’s touching and hilarious script from the moment I read it and it has been thrilling to see some of the greatest actors in the world respond in the same way,” said Curtis. “I look forward to continuing to build a dream cast so audiences can imagine a group of their favourite actors living out their golden years under the same roof.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Robert’s wonderful screenplay, Encore, to life under the artful direction of Simon Curtis, who has done a masterful job of assembling a group of talent that will be a joy to watch on screen together,” added Temple Hill Entertainment Co-Founder, Wyck Godfrey. “Encore celebrates the idea that every day should be approached as the first day of the rest of your life, and it does so with immense heart and hilarity.”

Founded by Godfrey and Bowen in 2006, Temple Hill Entertainment is the prolific banner behind a number of blockbuster film franchises, most notably the book-to-film adaptations The Twilight Saga and The Maze Runner trilogy, which have grossed over $5.3B and $949M worldwide respectively.  Additional films include the supernatural horror box-office hit, Smile, released by Paramount Pictures; author John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort;  Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon, starring Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel; the critically acclaimed and NAACP Image Award-winner, The Hate U Give; and Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hart and Alfre Woodward.

Notable director and producer Simon Curtis is best known for directing My Week with Marilyn, which earned star Michelle Williams an Academy Award nomination. Additional directing credits include Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, Goodbye Christopher Robin starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson, and The Art of Racing in the Rain, starring Amanda Seyfried and Milo Ventimiglia.

Glenn Close has received eight Academy Award nominations for her roles in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp, Columbia Pictures’ The Big Chill, Barry Levinson’s The Natural, Paramount Pictures’ Fatal Attraction opposite Michael Douglas, Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons alongside John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, Albert Nobbs with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, The Wife alongside Jonathan Pryce, and Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy co-starring Amy Adams. Additional credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Netflix’s What Happened to Monday, and FX’s “Damages,” for which she won two Emmys.  Close is also a three-time Golden Globe and Tony Award winner.  Close and Irons co-starred in Mike Nichols’ award-winning Broadway play, “The Real Thing,” both taking home the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress and Actor in a Play, respectively.

Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons’ first major film role was The French Lieutenant’s Woman, alongside Meryl Streep. Irons received the Academy Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Warner Bros’ Reversal of Fortune, opposite Glenn Close. He received two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for his role in “Elizabeth I,” co-starring Helen Mirren, and for which he also won a SAG Award, and the second for his narration in the documentary, “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.”  Additionally, Irons received a Tony Award for his performance in  “The Real Thing,” directed by Mike Nichols and again co-starring Glenn Close.  Additional credits include Dead Ringers, The Mission, Lolita, Margin Call and the role of Alfred in the DC Extended Universe franchise. Most recently, he starred in the number one worldwide box-office hit, The Beekeeper, starring Jason Statham and Josh Hutcherson.

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Henry Winkler is best known for his renowned character, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli from the hit TV show, “Happy Days.”  Winkler also starred in “Arrested Development” with Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, “Parks and Recreation” starring Amy Poehler and Adam Scott and HBO’s “Barry” alongside Bill Hader. Film credits include classics such as Holes, starring Shia LeBouf, Wes Craven’s mega-hit Scream, and The Waterboy, starring Adam Sandler and Kathy Bates. Recent films include Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and Warner Bros.’ Black Adam.

Don Johnson won a Golden Globe for his iconic role as Sonny Crockett in the Emmy award-winning NBC smash hit series “Miami Vice,” executive produced by Michael Mann. Johnson also produced and starred in the Emmy nominated CBS TV drama “Nash Bridges.” Film credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out with Daniel Craig and Jamie Lee Curtis, and Book Club starring Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda.  He will next star in the upcoming Netflix film, Rebel Ridge, directed by Jeremy Saunier. Johnson is also a two-time Emmy Award winner.

Protagonist Pictures continues its robust festival activity with the Cannes premieres of the ensemble comedy Rumours, starring Cate Blanchett and Alicia Vikander, directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and Sister Midnight, starring Radhika Apte, Ashok Pathak and Chhaya Kadam, and directed by Karan Kandhari. 2024 Berlin Film Festival selections included The Outrun, starring Saoirse Ronan and Paapa Essiedu, and David and Nathan Zellner’s Sasquatch Sunset, starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg.  Their elevated horror feature, The Damned, director by Thordur Palsson, and starring Odessa Young and Joe Cole, will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.

Glenn Close is repped by CAA, MGMT Entertainment, and Loeb & Loeb. Jeremy Irons is repped by CAA, Henry Winkler is repped by CAA and Management 360, and Don Johnson is repped by CAA and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel.

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