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Pierce Brosnan will collaborate with Oscar winner Susanne Bier

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Pierce Brosnan in a romantic comedy -- nearly three years, in fact, since he vied for Meryl Streep’s attentions in the romantic musical comedy ‘Mamma Mia!’ In the time since. Brosnan has dabbled in a lot of other genres: political thriller (‘The Ghost Writer’), widower drama (‘The Greatest’), religion-themed thriller (the upcoming ‘Salvation Boulevard.’)

But Brosnan will now return to one of his wheelhouses: He’s signed on for a lead role in ‘All You Need Is Love,’ the first post-Oscar project for Susanne Bier, who took a statuette for her youth-violence drama ‘In a Better World’ on Sunday. The movie, which Bier wrote with Brosnan in mind, shoots in Amalfi this spring.

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Although Bier is known mainly for melodrama -- she also directed Danish war weepie ‘Brothers’ and the broken-family picture ‘Things We Lost in the Fire,’ her English-language debut -- the filmmaker revealed this week that her new movie is a romance with a more buoyant feel. “It’s a tender story with a much lighter atmosphere than my previous works: Enough with conflicts,” she told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. (Her 2006 Oscar-nominated ‘After the Wedding,’ though a drama, did have a few comedic moments.)

The paper also said ‘Love’ would center on a Danish family, although given that Brosnan doesn’t speak Danish, we’re imagining said family will speak English, or the movie will at least be bilingual.

Brosnan called the new project a ‘delightful love story’ that mixes the serious and humorous. ‘It’s a comedy -- a love story which has punch and deals with loss and a great love.’

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--Steven Zeitchik

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