James D’Arcy makes his directorial debut with Made In Italy, and a UK release date for the movie is finally with us.

Lionsgate has announced a release date for the upcoming comedy Made In Italy, that stars Liam Neeson and Micheal Richardson. The pair play a father and his estranged son, who head to Italy to dispose of the house they’d inherited. Turns out that the house is in a bit of a state, and renovations ensue.

The script for this one has been penned by James D’Arcy, who also directs. He’s had quite a career as an actor already, but this is his feature helming debut.

The movie will be debuting – with cinemas still closed around here until May at the earliest – on Amazon’s Prime Video service from March 26th. Here, to whet your appetite, is the trailer for the movie, and the synopsis follows…

And finally, that synopsis…

MADE IN ITALY is a heart-warming comedy, set in glorious Tuscany, about bohemian London artist Robert (Liam Neeson) who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Micheál Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair…

Renovations go badly, and father and son find themselves at odds –not for the first time. Robert’s comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals, but for Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. Then Jack falls for Natalia, a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria -until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband.

As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, father and son also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.

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