After a successful release in its native U.K., art-house distributor Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to Filth, an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name.
Welsh remained best known to U.S. audiences as the writer of the book Trainspotting, which was adapted into a 1996 movie, and the writer and screenwriter of The Acid House.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Magnolia planned a spring 2014 release for the movie starring James McAvoy as Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson, a corrupt cop who spends more time chasing drugs, booze and women than working.
Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan and Shirley Henderson joined McAvoy on the cast with Jon S. Baird directing and writing the adapted screenplay of Welsh’s novel.
2014 looks to be an active year for McAvoy with Filth joining his other movies including the summer blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past and the art-house romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.