Brighton Rock, based on Graham Greene’s 1939 novel, is being adapted to the big screen by StudioCanal and Optimum Releasing. It was previously adapted into a 1947 film starring Richard Attenborough, though director Rowan Joffe (who also wrote this newer screenplay adaptation) has said this will stick closer to the original material.
That material is about a young mobster, played by Sam Riley (Control, the Joy Division biopic) who marries a waitress to prevent her from going to the authorities after she witnesses him murder someone. I have no idea how that works, by the way. I’ve done a few illegal things in my time, and it never dawned on me to try to marry the witnesses. I’m not sure that would’ve worked. I mean, don’t you usually just kill the witnesses too, and then lock their corpses in the trunk of an ‘84 Chevy Celebrity and then sink the car in a Quarry?
Anyway, the waitress will be played by Andrea Riseborough, who has mostly starred in British television that I’ve never seen nor heard of. But really, the exciting news is that Hellen Mirren and Pete Postlethwaite have been cast as the couple that tries to rescue her. Is that not one of the coolest older couples you’ve ever heard of? First of all, Helen Mirren is 64 years old and still rocking it without even trying. She’s an absolutely stellar actress. And Pete Postlethwaite, who doesn’t seem to get nearly as much work as he deserves, is a fantastic compliment. So this little-heard-of movie just leaped up several spots on my list of 2010 movies to check out.