Mike Leigh filming new project in London

Untitled feature financed by Focus Features International

Mike Leigh on Wednesday began production in London on his latest feature, currently untitled.

His first film since 2008's "Happy-Go-Lucky," Leigh's new project stars, in alphabetical order, Michele Austin, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Maltman, Lesley Manville, Stuart McQuarrie, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Imelda Staunton and Peter Wight.

Only Bradley and McQuarrie have not worked previously with the director.

Many of Leigh's regular crew also are on board, including cinematographer Dick Pope, editor Jon Gregory, casting director Nina Gold, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and hair and make-up supervisor Chrissie Blundell.

Production designer Simon Beresford is working with Leigh for the first time.

Georgina Lowe produces, with Gail Egan as exec producer.

The film is financed by Focus Features International, the U.K. Film Council's Premiere Fund and Film4. International sales are being handled by FFI.