Cate Blanchett and Ben Stiller are set to star in the big-screen adaptation of the British spy sci-fi series ‘The Champions.’
Stiller is also set to step behind the camera as director of the movie. The TV series followed UN agents who survive a plane crash in the Himalayas and receive superpowers from an advanced civilization. As the agents return to the outside world, they use their new powers to become champions of law, order and justice.
Stiller will also produce the project for ITV Studios America, New Republic Pictures and Blanchett’s Dirty Films via his Red Hour Productions. Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer of New Republic will produce the project alongside Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini of Dirty Films.
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Both Blanchette and Stiller showed their admiration for each other in a statement.
“I’ve long wanted to work with Ben — the director and the actor. He is one of the most engaged and versatile directors working today. Anyone who can make both ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Escape at Dannemora’ is a creative force to be reckoned with,” said Blanchett
Stiller added: I’m a huge fan of Cate’s for a very long time. I’m hoping this project will help people to finally take her seriously as an actress.”