Magazine article Screen International

Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Paul Weller Weigh into Boxing Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Paul Weller Weigh into Boxing Drama

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Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Michael Smiley (Kill List) have joined Johnny Harris (This Is England '86) in a British boxing drama, which Independent will launch at the American Film Market (AFM) (Nov 4-11).

The film, as-yet-untitled, is based on the experiences of actor Harris and the semi-autobiographical story marks his debut script.

Thomas Napper, second unit director on Anna Karenina and Into The Woods, will make his feature directorial debut on the production, which is backed by BBC Films.

Emu Films' Mike Elliott (The Goob) will produce with Revolution's Andrew Eaton (Rush) and BBC Film's Christine Langan (Philomena) on board as executive producers.

Paul Weller, the rock icon and former frontman of The Jam, is set to score the feature, which will be his first.

The production is aiming for a February or March, 2016, start in the UK.

Snow White And The Huntsman and Monsters: Dark Continent star Harris will play Jimmy, a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. …

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