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Heath Ledger Film Coming to U.S.

By (BI) Susanna Daniel

NEW YORK – A North American production company has acquired the rights to “Candy,” starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush.

The film, which is the feature helming debut of noted Australian stage director Neil Armfield, is based on the prize-winning novel by Luke Davies and was adapted for the screen by Davies and Armfield.

“Candy” premiered to great acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival.

In the film, recent Oscar-nominee Ledger stars as Dan, a charming but reckless young poet who has fallen in love with Candy (played by Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that Dan has long since embraced.

In order to get closer to Dan, Candy, whose previous drug use has been casually experimental, starts shooting up. Their passionate relationship then alternates between bursts of ecstatic oblivion and bouts of despair and self-destruction.

Hooked as much on heroin as one another, their story becomes a love triangle: a boy, a girl, and a drug.

"’Candy’ beautifully captures both the exhilarating highs and the maddening lows of youthful folly," said one producer of the film. "Not only does it confirm Heath Ledger's standing as a brilliant leading man, it also establishes Abbie Cornish as the next important international star to emerge from Australia."

Rounding out the cast of CANDY is Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, who plays Casper, a wealthy man-of-the-world who takes Dan and Candy under his wing even as he himself is sinking under the weight of his own decadence.

Noted character actors Noni Hazlehurst and Tony Martin play Candy's hapless suburban parents who must watch as their "little girl" lives out a nightmare version of wedded bliss and domesticity.

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