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RSC man casts Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
Ryan is one of Hollywood's biggest stars
US actress Meg Ryan will star in the film Wedlock - the feature debut of acclaimed British theatre director Adrian Noble.

The film will follow married divorce lawyers who go to unusual lengths to put the spark back into their relationship.

Noble is making the move into film as he prepares to step down as head of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) later this year.

The 52-year-old director has been with the RSC for 19 years and his final production will be Ibsen's play Brand, which is currently running on the London stage with Ralph Fiennes in the lead.

Ryan is one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. She is most famously known for her early hit role in When Harry Met Sally, made in 1989.
Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble is leaving the RSC after 19 years

Since then, she has made more than 20 movies, including Sleepless in Seattle, When A Man Loves A Woman, You've Got Mail and Proof of Life.

One of her most recent movies, Against the Odds, completed early this year, is yet to be seen.

Its release was postponed by its makers, Paramount Pictures, due to concerns that the intensive TV coverage of the war in Iraq might affect advertising.

The studio was uncertain about buying adverts between TV shows which could be cancelled.

There were also fears that the public would rather stay at home to keep up with events than go out to the cinema.

Against the Ropes is a fictional story inspired by the female US boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen.

The film tells of her struggle to survive and succeed in a male-dominated sport.

Its first scheduled release date is August 2003 in the US.

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