3:38am PT by Stuart Kemp
Kelly Brook to Star in Maeve Murphy's 'Taking Stock'
LONDON – Kelly Brook has signed on to star in British indie movie Taking Stock, written and directed by Maeve Murphy.
Billed as a comedy-drama inspired by the story of Bonnie and Clyde, the film is set in the British capital and Paris.
Brook will star as an up-and-coming actress whose perfect world is turned upsidedown when her boyfriend leaves her, the store she works in goes bust and she winds up broke. She devises a plan to rob the store on its last day of trading and things begin to go awry.
Shooting will begin July 1.
U.K.-based banner Swipe Films has come on board as the worldwide sales agent and is introducing the film to buyers at the London U.K. Film Focus market in the British capital.
Murphy’s most recent movie Beyond the Fire won best feature at the London Independent Film Festival and best feature at New York’s Garden State Film Festival.
The cast also includes Scot Williams (Dead Man Running), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton), Jay Brown (The Hunted), Xavier Alcan (Get Lucky) and Femi Oyeniran (Anuvahood).
The film is developed by Northern Ireland Screen and is based on the short film Sushi also written and directed by Murphy.
The movie is co-financed by Prime Focus and will be produced by Geoff Austin and Murphy with Frank Mannion of Swipe Films as executive producer.
Brook is currently starring on ITV’s Celebrity Juice and previously appeared in the Lionsgate backed movie Keith Lemon: The Movie, Piranha 3D and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
Brook said: "It is so important that we continue to support British filmmaking and Maeve has written one of the best scripts I've read in a long time. I can't wait to get back to doing what I love, which is being on set and working with a hugely talented cast and crew."
Swipe Films, run by Mannion, has previously sold the Osama, In Prison My Whole Life with Colin Firth and Love Live Long, directed by Mike Figgis.
Mannion described Brook as a "movie marketers dream" because she has "an x factor that appeals equally to men and women of all ages."