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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming set for Irvine Welsh's FILTH

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are set to star in an apdaption of Irvine Welsh's Filth. Filming is slated to begin in January 2012. Welsh stated, “That’s going to be the main cast. James is going to be main character, Jamie is going to be Lennox his kind of sidekick and Alan is going to be Toal, his boss.” Welsh will be serving as a producer on the film, with Jon S Baird set to helm the film.

Here is what Welsh had to say about Baird joining the project:

“Jon did a biopic of Cass Pennant, a film called ‘Cass,’ which was well received in the U.K…It was compared favourably by some of the critics to ‘This Is England.’ It was the same kind of style and really kind of a beautiful little film."

“Jon and I hit it off and became good friends. He’s worked really, really hard on it. I’ve been trying to that made with different producers and [with] different directors attached and different cast attached for years and years. He did a revised screenplay which was absolutely brilliant,” Welsh elaborated on the film’s development. “I think Jon’s definitely done something really sort of magic. He’s captured and he’s kept the essence of the main protagonist but he’s done a lot of interesting things with it as well. He’s kind of rendered very, very cinematic and I think it’s a great script and it’s going to make a great film with that cast attached.”

Here is a plot description from Wikipedia:

The plot centres on Bruce Robertson, a Scottish police officer. He is a sex-obsessed, misanthropic man driven by intense hatred. He is a cocaine addict with a penchant for "the games" — Bruce's euphemism for the myriad foul plots he hatches directed at workmates — and sexual abuse of the women in his life. The novel begins with a murder, which is the case that Bruce Robertson is investigating; however, the natural evolution of the plot itself has little or nothing at all to do with the crime. The plot traces Bruce throughout his life, told from a first-person perspective. Through narrative devices such as the tapeworm he acquires, we get to explore the facets of Bruce's personality and learn about his past, through the various tedious police routines Bruce absconds from, his sexual endeavours eventually backfiring, and his various short or long-termed schemes and plots against his colleagues in order to raise his chances of gaining the hoped-for promotion to Detective Inspector.

This sounds like a very different project for McAvoy, but one that he will be good at. The cast is solid and I am interested in learning more about this film as news becomes available. What are your thoughts on this news?

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