Caine, Mortimer to star in 'Harry Brown'

Lionsgate U.K. inks for distrib'n; HanWay selling in Toronto

Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer have signed on to star in "Harry Brown," a British vigilante thriller from MARV Films. Lionsgate U.K. has just acquired the U.K. distribution rights on the film, which British director Daniel Barber is helming.

"Brown" centers on an elderly ex-serviceman and widower (Caine) who lives alone, within a community that has been decimated by drugs and gun crime. When his best friend is murdered, the man dispenses his own brand of justice. Gary Young wrote the script.

Mortimer plays a young police officer.

"It's a modern urban Western that reflects the stark realities of youth crime in the 21st century both in the U.K. and internationally," said MARV's Kris Thykier, who is producing with Keith Bell ("The Descent")

The film will shoot entirely on location in the U.K., and principal photography is set to begin in November.

HanWay Films is selling the film in Toronto.

Barber directed 2007's "The Tonto Woman," which was nominated for an Oscar in the live-action short category.

Borys Kit reported from Toronto; Stuart Kemp reported from London.