Aidan Gillen, David Morrissey join 'Blitz'

Lionsgate U.K.'s forthcoming debut U.K. feature

LONDON -- "Wire" star Aidan Gillen and BAFTA-nominated David Morrissey have joined the cast of Lionsgate U.K.'s forthcoming U.K. feature "Blitz," the crime thriller about a cop-hating serial killer who targets officers at a South London police station.

Directed by Elliott Lester, "Blitz" has been adapted for the screen from Ken Bruen's novel by Nathan Parker, with a cast that also features Mark Ryland, Zawe Ashton and Jason Statham.

Produced by Zygi Kamasa, Steve Chasman, Brad Wyman and Donald Kushner, Lionsgate U.K. will fully finance its debut British production, following its commitment last year to expand into the U.K. production arena.

The movie, which begins principal photography Aug. 9, will be scheduled for release through Lionsgate U.K. in 2010 with international sales handled by Mandate International.