The Sweeney film, Big Hitters and Rap Stars
Plan B teams up with Ray Winstone in a big screen reboot of the hit british TV Show.
After a very thin weekend of movie watching, I was really struggling in something to post today. But upon arriving home my good wife pointed out some news that was on her Facebook news feed. Not only is one of the most iconic British TV Crime shows being made into a silver screen film, but, two of my favourite British stars are going to be in the main roles.
The larger than life Ray Winstone, who is a total legend in my eyes and without him in London Boulevard I would have definitely been asleep! Also rising rap/soul star Plan B aka Ben Drew, so good in the Michael Caine flick “Harry Brown”.
Here is an extract from the BBC News article….
Drew will play George Carter, the role Dennis Waterman played in the original ITV series about London’s Flying Squad, in Vertigo Films’ contemporary update.
Winstone has been cast as Jack Regan, the role played by the late John Thaw.
Drew said working with Winstone on the project – which starts shooting in the autumn – was “a dream come true”.
The 27-year-old enjoyed chart-topping success last year with his second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks.
The Sweeney will be directed by Nick Love, whose previous films include The Football Factory and The Firm.
The British film-maker said he was “very excited” about Drew’s involvement. “For me, Ray and Ben are the ultimate casting for a character-driven action thriller set in London today,” he added.
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin, The Sweeney ran from 1975 to 1978 and spawned two feature-length films.
I am really excited about this news. The Sweeney spawns all sorts of memories, whether it is the theme tune that every Brit of a certain age will gladly recite (God I hope they keep it in the film), or the excited and over the top shouts of “You’re Nicked” and “GO GO GO!!!”
With Winstone and Drew behind the wheel we are in pretty safe hands, but until I hear more about the story I am trying (honestly I am) to stay on the fence.