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Lionsgate U.K. has boarded Adam Smith’s directorial debut, Trespass Against Us, which stars Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York), Lyndsey Marshal (The Hours), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Killian Scott (Love/Hate).
Infused with action, crime and a strong sense of humor, Trespass Against Us transports viewers to a hidden world tucked into a corner of England’s green and pleasant land.
The story is set across three generations of the rowdy Cutler family, who live as outlaws — hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and taunting the police. As the law finally catches up with Chad (Fassbender), he is torn between the archaic principles of his father (Gleeson) and what he believes is best for his children.
The project is written by Alastair Siddons, who will also produce, along with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions.
The film will be executive produced by Film4’s Tessa Ross alongside Lionsgate U.K. chief Zygi Kamasa alongside Frederick W. Green and Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and Nigel Williams.
Lionsgate’s involvement was announced during the 2014 Cannes market.
Trespass Against Us was developed and is being co-financed by Film4 with backing from the BFI and Lipsync and is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. this summer.
Music for the film will come from electro-duo The Chemical Brothers, who will write and perform the original score.
Smith has directed music promos for The Streets (Blinded by The Light) and The Chemical Brothers, most recently directing music-related documentary The Chemical Brothers — Don’t Think and TV episodes of Doctor Who, Little Dorrit and Skins.
Siddons has directed the documentaries Turn It Loose and Inside Out: The People’s Art Project.
Trespass Against Us is his first feature film.
Based in the British capital, Potboiler in the last year has finished shooting Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Biyi Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.
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