Russell Brand to Star in Action Comedy 'Butterfingers' (Exclusive)

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Brand will play a down-on-his-luck hitman in the film from director Barnaby Southcombe, which is being produced and fully financed by The Fyzz Facility and heading to Berlin with Highland Film Group.

British stand-up comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand is to play a hard-up assassin in action comedy Butterfingers.

Directed by Barnaby Southcombe (I, Anna) and based on a script by Tom Nash (Full Nelson, Percentages), the film will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next week, with Highland Film Group handling global sales.

Butterfingers follows the story of a lonely and down-on-his-luck hit man named Keith (Russell Brand) — also known as Butterfingers — as he competes against archrival Perry, who is after the same target in Spain. When Perry beats Keith to the chase and kidnaps the target's ex-love, Keith reluctantly takes their teenage son and 9-year-old daughter as secondary leverage, resulting in a race across Europe as he's forced to deal with the antics of children while attempting to make it to the mark first. 

The Fyzz Facility, the growing U.K.-based finance and production house that last year had hits with shark-thriller 47 Meters Down and Jackie Chan's The Foreigner, is fully financing. Mark Lane, James Harris, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones of Fyzz will produce alongside Embargo Films, with production scheduled to begin in July 2018 in the U.K.

"Tom has written a brilliantly funny script that finds a new fan with every read," said Lane. "We could not be more excited to be working with Russell and Barnaby to bring Butterfingers alive."

Best known for playing rock star Aldous Snow in both Forgetting Sarah Marshall alongside Jason Segel, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis and then later in Get Him to the Greek, starring Jonah Hill, Brand last appeared in Larry Charles' Army of One, starring Nicolas Cage for TWC-Dimension.

Southcombe wrote and directed his feature debut I, Anna — starring his mother, Charlotte Rambling, alongside Gabriel Byrne and Hayley Atwell — which premiered at Berlinale in 2012. His follow-up is Scarborough, currently in postproduction, starring Jessica Barden, Jodhi May, Jordan Bolger and Edward Hogg. 

Alongside Butterfingers, Fyzz has financed and produced upcoming projects such as thriller Three Seconds, starring Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Common and Clive Owen; The Strangers: Prey at Night, starring Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson; Destination Wedding, starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder; Final Score, starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan; and Possum, Matthew Holness' darkly twisted feature film debut.

Highland Film Group recently announced Michael Cristofer's The Night Clerk, starring Tye Sheridan, which it will begin selling in Berlin.

Brand is represented by WME and Hannah Chambers Management.