Troy Duffy back to direct 'Boondock Saints II'

Principal photography has begun in Toronto

Principal photography has started in Toronto on Troy Duffy's sequel to the 2000 indie he helmed and wrote, "The Boondock Saints."

Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are reprising their roles as the crusading fraternal twins Connor and Murphy MacManus, who seek revenge on the tough Boston underworld. Billy Connolly is also returning as Poppa M.

Chris Brinker and Don Carmody are producing with Lloyd Segan and Rob Fried executive producing.

"It's a joy and a longtime coming to be bringing such an enormously talented group of people back together again," Duffy said of the project.

Brinker said the script is well-crafted and will satisfy "Boondock" fans.

"We expect this film to be a truly intense, humorous and satisfying film for all those who have looked forward to the sequel for so long," Brinker said.

Rounding out the cast are Clifton Collins, Julie Benz, David Della Rocco, Bob Marley, Brian Mahoney and David Ferry.

Duffy became well known in Hollywood for selling his "Boondock" screenplay -- which he penned while bartending in Hollywood -- to Harvey Weinstein for a high six-figure deal that would also allow him to direct and produce the soundtrack with his band, The Brood. The project was set up on a $15 million budget, but later dropped.

The first "Boondock," which starred Willem Dafoe, was later made for $6 million and grossed $30,471 domestic. The project was chronicled in the 2003 documentary "Overnight," which told the tale of Duffy's rags-to-riches-to-rags saga.