Monday, February 25, 2008


"Penelope" is the story of a young woman, Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci), born to wealthy socialites (Richard E. Grant and Catherine O'Hara).

is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she is loved by one of her own kind. Hidden away in the family's majestic home, she is subjected to meeting a string of blue-bloods through her parent's futile attempt to marry her off and break the curse. Each suitor is instantly enamored with "Penelope" (and her sizable dowry)... until the curse is revealed.

When a willing mate cannot be found, mischievous tabloid reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage) hires Max (James McAvoy) to pose as a prospective suitor in hopes of snapping a photo of the mysterious "Penelope." Max, who is really a down-on-his-luck gambler, finds himself drawn to "Penelope" and not wanting to expose or disappoint her, disappears and leaves Lemon in the lurch. Fed up by this latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and goes out into the world in search of adventure - curse be damned.

The feature filmmaking debut of director Mark Palansky, "Penelope" was produced by Reese Witherspoon - "Penelope."

Originally scheduled for a Spring 2007 release, and then an August 17, 2007 release, "Penelope," well, her future, was in jeopardy. Until Rob Friedman, CEO of Summit Entertainment, saved the film and snatched it up. "Penelope" is now scheduled for a February 29, 2008 release.

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