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Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play The Clash's Joe Strummer in London Town

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is stepping into the role of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer for the ‘70s-set film London Town.

Production is now under way on the project, which also stars Dougray Scott (Hitman), Natascha McElhone (Californication), and Daniel Huttlestone (Into the Woods).

The plot, set in 1978, centers on a teenage boy (Huttlestone) who ventures into central London from the city’s bleak outskirts to find his estranged mother (McElhone), who sends him a cassette of The Clash’s “White Riot.” 

Screen Daily, which was first to report the news, adds that the production has secured the rights to a number of the famed punk band’s songs.

Derrick Borte is directing the film, from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea, and Matthew Brown. It began shooting in London on June 28 and is expected to wrap at the end of July.