Sam Riley to play Kit Marlowe in 'Dead Man'

Cast also includes James Purefoy, Ray Winstone

TORONTO -- Sam Riley, who stars in "Brighton Rock," which will have its world premiere Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival, is set to play British playwright Christopher "Kit" Marlowe in "A Dead Man in Deptford."

The cast also includes James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair.

Adapted by Michael Elias from Anthony Burgess' novel, "Deptford" will be directed by Nick Copus for Ballpark Prods. and Neversink Prods. The Little Film Co. is handling worldwide sales.

The movie will play with the idea that Marlowe, a notorious bar room brawler, was also a royal spy for Elizabeth I and that his death in Deptford at age 29 may have been an assassination ordered by the English Secret Service.

Production is scheduled to begin in the spring.

Riley, repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Tavistock Wood, won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award for his portrayal of rock star Ian Curtis in 2007's "Control."