With Ridley Scott executive producing, James McAvoy in the lead, a supporting cast that includes Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan and more, all in a gritty crime flick directed by a rising Evan Creevy, perhaps expectations were a bit higher for “Welcome To The Punch.” We figured it might be the kind of thing that rolled into SXSW or Sundance, but instead, you can just check it out at home at the end of March.
IFC Flims has given the picture a March 27th limited theatrical date with a VOD bow to follow three days later on March 30th. Hmm… The film tells the story of story of two arch-nemeses: detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) and master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Strong). When Sternwood’s son turns up in a hospital due to a failed heist, he’s forced to return to London – giving Max his second chance to get the one criminal who got away, and along the way he uncovers a vast conspiracy.
Generic thriller or something a bit meatier? Let’s hope for the latter, but with Danny Boyle’s “Trance” also arriving just over a week later on April 5th, let’s hope it doesn’t get forgotten about entirely.
I have just received my copy of Empire, and there’s yet another feature on James’ upcoming film Welcome to the Punch. Scans have been added to the gallery – if you post these anywhere else, please credit james-mcavoy.org as they were scanned by me for this site. Thanks!
James McAvoy has described his upcoming thriller Welcome to the Punch as “f**kin’ rip-roaring, emotionally powerful entertainment”.
The actor plays a put-upon detective in Eran Creevy’s (Shifty) British gangster thriller, which follows ex-criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) who is forced to return to London when his son becomes involved in a heist gone wrong.
McAvoy’s Max Lewinsky sees his old adversary’s return as an opportunity to finally catch him, but the pair are ultimately forced to work together to uncover a conspiracy.
“The script didn’t feel like it had the humility and humbleness of a British film,” McAvoy told Empire. “Don’t get me wrong – I love British film and I love gritty, British drama.
“But we’re not trying to go, ‘This is the real world’. We’re going, ‘Here’s a f**kin’ rip-roaring, really emotionally powerful piece of entertainment’, you know?”
Strong emphasised that the film would bear little resemblance to The Sweeney or other familiar British crime films of its type, explaining: “Whenever we came across a line that sounds a bit geezer-ish or gangster-ish, we just got rid of it.”
Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan, Daniel Mays and David Morrissey round out the cast.
Welcome to the Punch will be released in the UK and US on March 15.
For fans of gritty British crime dramas, of which there are many, Eran Creevy’s “Welcome to the Punch” looks very promising. It’s got a top-notch cast of talent including James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan, and a pretty crackerjack story, with the ingredients lining up for a promising picture. And while we wait for a stateside date, things are moving right along overseas.
While IFC Films picked up the rights for the film here in the United States last week, Creevy has tweeted that “Welcome to the Punch” will hit cinemas on March 15, 2013 in the U.K. No word on what that means for the U.S. and other territories, but chances are pretty good we could see this one at Sundance or even SXSW in 2013. Based on Creevy’s Brit List script, the story follows an ex-criminal who is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives a dogged detective one last chance to catch the man he’s always been after.
The film made our most anticipated of the year list back in January, so it’s no surprise we’re happy to see that Creevy’s follow-up to the superb “Shifty” is well on its way to the silver screen…even if it might be a bit later than we would’ve wanted. But perhaps we’ll get a trailer soon? Here’s hoping.
IFC Films has snapped up U.S. rights to Eran Creevy’s action thriller “Welcome to the Punch” from Worldview Entertainment. The film, written by Creevy, stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough. Project was produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of Between the Eyes and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik.
The story centers on a former criminal, played by Strong, who’s forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong, giving a detective (McAvoy) one last chance to catch him.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with CAA on behalf of Worldview. IM Global has international rights to the film.
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