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Cynthia Erivo, Josh Gad to star in “Rip Van Winkle” Movie



LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Cynthia Erivo attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Tony Award winner, Cynthia Erivo is teaming with Josh Gad, who has also been nominated for a Tony Award, for a unique musical take on the American folk tale of “Rip Van Winkle“.

The deal for the untitled hot package has been sealed by Warner Bros, which includes Amanda Idoko, who will write the script for the movie based on Gad’s idea, and the songwriting team of Kate Anderson and Elissa Samsel both having previously worked with Gad on “Frozen“.

“Rip Van Winkle” was a short story written by Washington Irving, who also penned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Gad will produce with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback and Ryan Halprin of Rideback will executive produce with Erivo.

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