DEADLINE – Lionsgate announced on Thursday that its Kingdom Story Company drama Ordinary Angels, starring 2x Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Alaska Daily) and Alan Ritchson (Reacher), will open wide on October 13th.

The film is now set to debut against the continuation of horror classic The Exorcist from Universal, Peacock, Blumhouse and Morgan Creek.

Based on a remarkable true story, and directed by Jon Gunn (The Unbreakable Boy), Ordinary Angels centers on Sharon Steves (Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed Schmitt (Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it.

Also starring Nancy Travis and Tamala Jones, the film was penned by Meg Tilly and Kelly Fremon Craig. Producers included Kingdom Story Company’s Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin, as well as Roy Lee, ATO Pictures’ Dave Matthews, Stampede Ventures’ Jon Berg, Green Hummingbird Entertainment’s David Beal and Sarah Johnson, and Jonathan Dorfman.

Lionsgate recently announced that they will release Guy Ritchie’s action-comedy Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, starring Jason Statham (F9), Hugh Grant (Glass Onion), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin), Cary Elwes (Rebel Moon) and Bugzy Malone (The Gentlemen), on March 3. The studio recently brought John Wick: Chapter 4 to SXSW ahead of its March 24th theatrical bow and will also soon release titles including Ray Romano’s directorial debut Somewhere in Queens (April 21) and the Judy Blume adaptation Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (April 28), among others.

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DEADLINEEXCLUSIVE: There’s more star power on board for Guy Ritchie and Jerry Bruckheimer’s new war movie, The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare, we can reveal, ahead of its February 13 start date in Turkey.

Joining Henry Cavill and Eiza González are Alan Ritchson (Fast X, Reacher), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen), Henrique Zaga (Beyond The Universe), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, The Butler), Cary Elwes (Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After franchise), Babs Olusanmokun (Dune, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”) and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds, Atomic Blonde).

Black Bear International arranged financing The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and is handling world sales on the film.

The true story covers UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s and Ian Fleming’s secret WWII combat organization. The clandestine squad’s unconventional and ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques against the Nazis helped change the course of the war and gave birth to the modern Black Ops unit.

The script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Arash Amel and Ritchie is based on war correspondent and military historian Damien Lewis’ best-selling book of the same name. Tamasy and Johnson initiated the project and sold it as a pitch to Bruckheimer and Paramount in 2015.

On the heels of his Best Picture Oscar nom for Top Gun: Maverick, Bruckheimer (Bad Boys for Life, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) is producing alongside Chad Oman, Ritchie’s producing partner Ivan Atkinson, and John Friedberg for Black Bear International. Executive producers include Scott Lastaiti, Olga Filipuk, Damien Lewis, and Tamasy and Johnson.

Ritchson is the star of the Amazon series Reacher, which ranks among Prime Video’s top five most-watched series ever in the U.S. and globally. He will next star in Universal’s Fast X, the 10th installment of the blockbuster Fast and Furious franchise, and the Lionsgate drama Ordinary Angels opposite Hilary Swank.

Golding reunites with Guy Ritchie following The Gentlemen and is currently in post on The Old Guard 2 starring Charlize Theron for Netflix, the Paramount animated film The Tiger’s Apprentice, and Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater’s drama Downtown Owl for Sony.

Zaga recently starred in Beyond the Universe for Netflix and The New Mutants for 20th Century Studios.

Pettyfer is best known for starring in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, as well as historical drama The Butler and Back Roads. He will next be seen in the upcoming film 5Lbs of Pressure.

Elwes’ career included starring roles in The Princess Bride and Saw. He will next star in several films, including Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Guy Ritchie’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, and the Zack Snyder-directed Rebel Moon for Netflix. He also stars in the indie film Blackberry, which is in competition at this year’s Berlinale.

Fiennes Tiffin got his start playing Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and has since starred in the After franchise, and most recently The Woman King alongside Viola Davis.

Olusanmokun’s recent credits include Dune and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” for Paramount+ and he has previously worked with Guy Ritchie on Wrath of Man for MGM.

Schweiger is known for roles in Inglorious Basterds and Atomic Blonde, among others, and is also an extremely successful director in Germany, known for films including Berlin, I Love You and Honig Im Kopf (Head Full of Honey).

Ritchson is represented by WME, Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Golding is repped by CAA and Megan Silverman Management. Zaga is repped by WME and Circle of Confusion. Pettyfer is represented by Independent Talent Group, Black Bear Management and Dark Dreams Entertainment. Elwes by APA, The Artists Partnership, LINK Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

Fiennes Tiffin is repped by CAA, The Artists Partnership and Vybe Trybe. Olusanmokun by CAA and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson + Christopher, LLP. Schweiger by APA and Framework Entertainment.

February 3, 2023   Jen