Optimum picks up ‘Incendiary’

'Footsoldier' also enlisted for U.K.

LONDON — Optimum Releasing has acquired U.K. rights to Sharon Maguire’s “Incendiary” and Julian Gilbey’s “Rise of the Footsoldier.”

“Incendiary,” produced by Archer Street Films and backed by Film4, stars Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Macfadyen in an emotional drama about the aftermath of a suicide bombing in London. Pic is currently shooting.

“Rise of the Footsoldier,” sold by Carnaby Intl., is the sophomore pic of Gilbey, who received a BAFTA nomination this year for his debut “Rollin’ With the Nines.”

It’s based on the true story of Carlton Leach, a soccer hooligan turned gangster who went straight after his closest friends were murdered in the notorious Essex “Landrover slayings” in the mid-90s.

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