Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock is a well-reviewed (going on my list) crime thriller about a young, handsome and charismatic lad who recklessly and ruthlessly attempts to climb quickly to the top of an organized crime group. IFC just picked up the U.S. distribution rights for the film, Rowan Joffe’s (he wrote the screenplay for 28 Weeks Later) feature debut. Brighton Rock boasts a spectacular cast headed by scary/pretty boy Sam Riley (Control):
Riley strikes just the right note as would-be gangster Pinkie, who aims to seduce and marry young Rose (Andrea Riseborough Never Let Me Go), who found key evidence linking him to a murder. A stunningly gorgeous, ginger Helen Mirren stars as Ida, friend of the deceased and Rose’s employer; Ida is onto Pinkie and determined to see him taken down. Rounding out the cast are John Hurt, Andy Serkis, Sean Harris and Steven Robertson.
Here’s the moody trailer:
Joffe reset the story to the 1960s (the novel was set in the 1930s) to modernize it and put it against the backdrop of the clashing Mods and Rockers. The film almost went under when Carey Mulligan, originally cast as Rose, dropped out to film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Without Mulligan’s box office draw, investors got antsy but Joffe adapted his budget and snagged Helen Mirren whose presence, according to Joffe, likely got the film greenlighted. Brighton Rock hits theaters Summer, 2011.