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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Alan Cumming To Star In Adaptation Of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Filth’

Written by on August 4, 2011 

Irvine Welsh is a man who’s no stranger to film. After all, his most famous novel, Trainspotting, was adapted by Danny Boyle in 1996, launching the career of both the filmmaker and its star, Ewan McGregor. He’s about to dive into the medium once more, with Jon S. Baird writing and directing an adaptation of Filth, his book from 1998. The cast that’s been brought together for it is quite nice, as it already contains James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Alan Cumming.

ThePlaylist recently spoke with Welsh, and he divulged plenty of information on the upcoming film in the interview. Among other things, he revealed that McAvoy is playing the lead character, Bruce Robertson, who they describe as “a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer.” Even though he’s on a murder case, there are plenty of distractions; among those are “the pranks he pulls on his co-workers to his various sexual conquests.”

Bell will be seen here as his partner, Ray Lennox, who’s “looking in on” him, and Cumming has the role of Bruce’s boss, Bob Toal. With the author serving as a producer, shooting will begin in 2012, and he sounds excited about it. Calling Baird‘s script “absolutely brilliant,” Welsh also feels that he’s “captured” and “kept the essence of the main protagonist,” while still doing “a lot of interesting things with it as well.” He was brought to the attention of the director through the latter’s debut movie, Cass, which he called “really kind of a beautiful little film.”

The combination of this cast and this premise sounds rather enticing to me — just from this update, I would love to see what comes out of the endeavor. Don’t forget that Trainspotting had both a great sense of humor and well-drawn characters, which could also be the case here. In all honesty, just reading about this movie makes me want to read the book, and that’s a high compliment to both projects.

Have you read the book, and if so, do you think this cast is right for the film version?


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