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LONDON -- Rising Scottish star James McAvoy has joined the cast of Joe Wright's "Atonement", the filmmakers said Monday. McAvoy has signed to play Robbie Turner, a man accused of rape by a 16-year old, in the movie adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. The Scot will star opposite Keira Knightley in the Working Title production, which is due to begin production in May this year. McAvoy has recently been seen as Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and is filming "Becoming Jane" opposite Anne Hathaway. He is repped by Theresa Peters of WMA, Paul Coates of Management Inc. and Ruth Young of Peters Fraser Dunlop in the U.K. with personal publicity handled by Rupert Fowler at Public Eye here. "Atonement" is billed as a love story between Knightley and McAvoy's characters, but also covers the struggles of class, war and emotional truth.

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