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Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, Andrea Riseborough start 'Brighton Rock' shoot

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A new adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, starring Sam Riley (Control), Andrea Riseborough (Happy Go Lucky), Helen Mirren, and John Hurt, started shooting today in England. Rowan Joffe directs the film, which is now updated from the 1930s to be set against the mods vs. rockers conflicts of 1964. Riley plays Pinkie, a gangster who falls in love with a young waitress (Riseborough). “We’re making Brighton Rock as contemporary as we possibly can because the story feels ‘modern’. It’s too alive, too vibrant and too relevant to be contained in the late thirties,” Joffe said in a statement. “Any form of adaptation is corruption. And Greene — who lovingly and pragmatically corrupted much of his own work to fit the big screen — would have been the first to understand that.” Atonement‘s Paul Webster is producing.

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