Permission Casts Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall will lead Permission.

Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens are set to headline director Brian Crano’s romantic comedy, Permission

Rebecca Hall (The Gift, Iron Man 3) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abbey) are set to headline Permission, a new romantic comedy written and directed by Brian Crano. They’ll play a couple who decide to sleep with other people for the sake of their relationship.

Permission focuses on a couple, Anna (Hall) and Will (Stevens), who were each other’s first every-things: first kiss, first love, first relationship. Now years on, at Anna’s thirtieth birthday party as Will is about to propose, the couple’s best friend stands up and makes a drunken toast, suggesting that as their relationship is so functional, equitable and stable, it’s threatening to their friends and perhaps they should sleep around before their inevitable marriage. The joke lingers and eventually Anna proposes that they try it, as a sexual experiment. As a couple, with complicity, they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries of their relationship and in so doing are forced to evolve and grow up.

Currently shooting in Brooklyn NY, the cast of Permission also includes Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, Bridget Everett, David Joseph Craig, Sarah Steele and Jason Sudeikis.

Hall can next be seen in Christine (which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), Tumbledown and The BFG. Stevens, meanwhile, will next appear as the Beast in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast.

Permission is a Ball and Chain and Picture Films production, in association with Paper Trail. The producers are Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall, Giri Tharan and Joshua Thurston. Erika Hampson, Michael Klein and Brian Crano are the executive producers. WME is representing worldwide rights.

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