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WELCOME TO THE PUNCH Stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong Starts Principal Shoot

Today it was announced that principal photography has begun for director Eran Creevy’s Welcome To The Punch. Starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough, the film will shoot in 3 Mills Studios and on location in and around London, England.

Welcome To The Punch finds ex-criminal Jacob Sternwood (Strong) forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives his nemesis, detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy), one last chance to catch the man he’s always been after. As the two enemies hurtle towards an unavoidable face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive.

Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh will produce through their company Between The Eyes, in a joint statement they said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Eran Creevy on Welcome To The Punch, following our successful collaboration on the BAFTA nominated Shifty.”

Eran Creevy adds: “It is great to be shooting against the magnificent backdrop of Canary Wharf and modern London, we have a fantastically talented cast and crew, and I can’t wait to start filming.”

Written and directed by BAFTA nominated Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film will star James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock), Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur), David Morrissey (Nowhere Boy), Daniel Mays (Shifty) and Johnny Harris (The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus).

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, President of Automatik, will produce alongside Pugh and Aitken. Ridley Scott and Liza Marshall will executive produce for Scott Free London. Momentum Pictures MD Xavier Marchand, IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners at Worldview Entertainment will also executive produce. Worldview Entertainment, Quickfire Films, the BFI’s Film Fund and Automatik are co-financing.

IM Global is selling international rights and enjoyed considerable success with the film at the recent Cannes market where the film was pre-sold in 36 territories.

Through its international entities, Alliance Films will distribute the film in Canada, Momentum Pictures in the UK and Aurum Productions in Spain.

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and United Talent Agency (UTA) are jointly representing US rights.



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