Film Consortium plays ‘Dirty’ for Frears pic

Tautou to star in romantic thriller

LONDON — The Film Consortium, one of the U.K.’s lottery franchises, is in advanced negotiations to board “Dirty Pretty Things,” a romantic thriller to be directed by Stephen Frears and star Audrey Tautou.

Pic is being developed by BBC Films with Blue Films, the feature arm of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” production company Celador. Producer is Tracy Seaward.

Scripted by Steve Knight, one of the creators of “Millionaire,” story’s set among London’s invisible underclass of immigrant workers. After stumbling across evidence of a bizarre murder, a Nigerian night porter at a posh hotel joins up with a Turkish chambermaid (“Amelie” star Tautou in her first English-speaking role), a Chinese busker and a prostitute to solve the crime.

Frears is currently casting the pic, set to shoot next month. It will be sold internationally by the Works, formerly known as the Sales Co., which is jointly owned by the Film Consortium and the BBC.

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