‘Education’ gets four stars

NEW YORK — Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson will star in the 1960s coming-of-age drama “An Education.”

Writer Nick Hornby (“About a Boy”) adapted the screenplay from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta. Endgame Entertainment and BBC Films are financing the film.

Danish director Lone Scherfig will helm the story of a 17-year-old girl (Mulligan) living in the quiet London suburbs. As the swinging ’60s culture emerges, her world turns upside down after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit (Sarsgaard). He courts her with chic dinners, clubs and foreign trips, charming her father (Molina) but putting her future at Oxford University in jeopardy. Thompson plays the disapproving headmistress of her school.

Finola Dwyer (“Backbeat”) and Amanda Posey (“Fever Pitch”) are producing. Endgame CEO James D. Stern, Wendy Japhet, Douglas E. Hansen and BBC Films’ David M. Thompson are executive producing. Principal photography is set to begin in late March in London.

The film will be Hornby’s second produced screenplay after “Pitch,” the 1997 U.K. film adaptation of his novel, and his first script not based on his own novel.

Sarsgaard is repped by CAA, Jon Rubinstein of Authentic Talent & Literary Management and attorney Jodi Peikoff. Mulligan is repped by CAA and U.K.-based Julian Belfrage Associates.

Molina is repped by Endeavor, manager Joan Hyler and U.K.-based Lou Coulson Associates.

Thompson is repped by WMA and U.K.-based Hamilton Hodell.

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