Riley on board McMorrow's 'Franklyn'


LONDON -- Newcomer Sam Riley, who lit up screens with his role in Anton Corbijn's "Control," is joining Ryan Phillippe and Eva Green for Gerald McMorrow's "Franklyn," the filmmakers said Thursday.

Produced by Oscar winner Jeremy Thomas through his Recorded Picture Co. banner, "Franklyn" marks the feature debut for writer-director McMorrow.

The project, set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic faith-dominated metropolis of Meanwhile City, begins shooting Monday in and around the capital.

"Franklyn" is backed by the U.K. Film Council's Premiere Fund to the tune of £1 million ($2 million), while Film 4 and equity backer Aramid have each contributed undisclosed sums toward the £6 million ($12.1 million) budget. International sales are being handled by HanWay Films.

The cast also includes Bernard Hill, Susannah York and Art Malik.

"Franklyn" is produced by Thomas and co-produced by Alexandra Stone and Nick O'Hagan. Recorded's Peter Watson serves as executive producer.

"We've had wonderful experiences working with first-time directors such as Jonathan Glazer and David Mackenzie to bring their talent to audiences around the world and we are very optimistic about Gerald's ability to make a powerful and attractive film," Thomas said.