Heads Up: Irvine Welsh's Filth comes to the big screen starring James McAvoy

McAvoy's cop off the rails is tougher than 'Trainspotting'

What are we talking about? An adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel of the same name, which follows a bent copper named Bruce, investigating a murder in Edinburgh.

Elevator pitch Happy as a pig in muck: James McAvoy relishes his role as drug-addled, booze-sodden, totally depraved policeman.

Prime movers Jon S Baird has adapted Welsh's novel, and also directs; his previous film Cass, a British crime drama, had a lukewarm reception in 2008.

The stars McAvoy continues a spate of nasty guys (Trance; Welcome to the Punch; er, Macbeth) as Bruce, a role he was apparently desperate to get; plus strong British support from Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson and Joanne Froggatt.

The early buzz Empire wrote: "The film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's provocative novel will [be] filthy… and boy is it fun. Where else are you going to see Eddie Marsan rubbing his nipples, or the young Professor X photocopying his nether regions?" Website Total Film is excited: "From The Last King of Scotland to Trance, it's clear that James McAvoy enjoys dabbling in the more morally dubious of cinematic tales. But we have a feeling Filth is set to top the lot. The first trailer … is about as shocking, rude and red-band as teasers get, showing that Jon S Baird has certainly nailed the tone of its inspiration." Website Cinema Blend added: "You watch a movie like Trainspotting and you think … 'it's probably as close to adapting Welsh's insane storytelling style as any film will ever get.' And then Filth reared its coke-nosed, booze-breathed, chokefucked head, shattering all former beliefs."

Insider knowledge They struggled to raise the budget of £3m – until Trudie Styler (wife of Sting) stepped in and stumped up. Cheers, Trudie!

It's great that … great minds see alike: Welsh had reportedly always wanted to see Bruce on the big screen – and a meeting with Baird convinced him he had the same vision ….

It's a shame that … it will naturally be compared to Danny Boyle's Trainspotting – a hard act to follow – and to the still in-the-pipeline follow-up, Porno.

Hit potential Looks properly grim, to judge by the explicit and, well, filthy, trailer – and that's just what Welsh fans will be after. May not play well with the grey pound or Americans, and definitely not one for a first date.

The details Filth is released in Scotland on 27 September and the rest of the UK and Ireland on 4 October

 

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