A HOLLYWOOD film set in 1840s' Lyme Regis will be released in cinemas when they are able to reopen.

Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and acclaimed but often-overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning, will, in the meantime, be available to watch on digital streaming platforms from Friday, March 26.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, has now announced that it plans to release the film in cinemas when they reopen, currently scheduled to be from May 17 - subject to government data at the time.

Ammonite, partially shot in Lyme Regis and other west Dorset locations in 2019, is based on the life of the groundbreaking palaeontologist and also stars Saoirse Ronan alongside Winslet.

The film was originally scheduled to be released last year, put had seen repeated set backs as a result of the pandemic.

The movie was screened during several film festivals in 2020, including the Toronto International Film Festival, and was met with rave reviews from film critics.