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AFM: Michael Fassbender in Talks to Star in 'Trespass Against Us'

FILM: Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

The in-demand actor is eying the lead in U.K. director Adam Smith's gangster drama, which will feature a score written and performed by The Chemical Brothers.

LONDON – Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to star in Trespass Against Us, a gangster film that will mark emerging U.K. talent Adam Smith's narrative feature debut.

Written by Alastair Siddons, the project is set across three generations of a rowdy family who live as outlaws -- hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and taunting the police. But defying the expectations of his father, one gang member (Fassbender) is looking for a way out of the criminal life.

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Siddons will also produce with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood of U.K. indie production giant Potboiler Productions.

Protagonist Pictures will begin pre-selling the film at the upcoming American Film Market.

The project was developed by and is being co-financed by Film4, and is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. in 2014.

Music for the film will come from The Chemical Brothers, who will write and perform the original score.

Smith has made his name directing music-related films such as The Chemical Brothers' "Don’t Think" and promos for The Streets ("Blinded by The Light", "The Irony Of It All") in addition to key TV episodes of Doctor Who, Little Dorrit and Skins.

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Siddons has directed three features, including the documentaries Turn It Loose and Inside Out: The People’s Art Project.

Trespass marks his first fiction feature screenplay. Siddons and Smith joined forced in 2013 to set up production company Albert Granville.

Potboiler's production credits include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Biyi Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.

Fassbender is currently shooting Slow West for director John Maclean in New Zealand and will take on the leading role in Macbeth for Justin Kurzel in January of 2014.

He is represented by Troika Talent in the U.K. and CAA in the U.S.