Alfie Allen joins 'Powder' cast

Rock 'n' roll 'n' drugs novel adaptation

LONDON -- Songstress Lily Allen's thespian younger sibling Alfie Allen joins Liam Boyle in the big screen adaptation of Kevin Sampson's rock 'n' roll 'n' drugs novel "Powder."

The movie, which marks the big screen directorial debut for television editor Mark Elliot, also stars newcomers Jefferson Hall, Al Weaver, Jo Woodcock and Vinette Robinson and is produced by David Hughes and exec produced by writer Sampson.

Billed as funny and filled with coke-addled sex and paranoia, the £3.5 million ($5.7 million) budgeted movie tells the story of a band breaking into the big time and the music industry machine behind it.

Due to begin shooting here at the V Festival next week, the movie is scheduled to shoot on location in Liverpool, London and Ibiza before wrapping in Spain in October.

Supporting roles by Ralf Little, Oliver Lee and Stephen Martin Walters will be included in the film as well as cameo appearances by former Smiths's guitarist Johnny Marr, the producers said.

"Powder" marks the sophomore feature producing credit for Hughes, a former member of OMD and film composer who through his Red Union Films with Sampson, produced soccer hooligan movie "AwayDays."
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