Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to star in gangster film “Trespass Against Us.”
Pic is penned by Alastair Siddons, who will produce alongside Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions. It is the narrative feature debut of hotly tipped U.K. helmer Adam Smith.
Protagonist Pictures will begin pre-selling the film at the AFM next week. It was developed by and is being co-financed by Film4, and is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. in 2014.
Fassbender would play the lead role of Chad Cutler in the film, which will be infused with action, crime and a strong sense of humor, according to Protagonist.
The movie is set across three generations of the rowdy Cutler family, who live as outlaws — hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and taunting the police. The family have always lived this way but, defying the expectations of his father, Chad Cutler is looking for a way out of the criminal life.
Music for the film will come from The Chemical Brothers, who will write and perform the original score.
Smith made his name directing music-related films like “The Chemical Brothers — Don’t Think,” and promos for The Streets (“Blinded by the Light,” “The Irony of it All”) and The Chemical Brothers, as well as episodes of TV skeins “Doctor Who,” “Little Dorrit” and “Skins.”
Siddons directed three features, including the documentaries “Turn It Loose” and “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project.” “Trespass” is his first fiction feature screenplay. Siddons and Smith set up their production company Albert Granville this year.
London-based Potboiler is one of Europe’s most successful production outfits, which in the last year has finished shooting Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” Biyi Bandele’s “Half Of a Yellow Sun,” and Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos.”
Fassbender is currently shooting “Slow West” for director John Maclean in New Zealand, and will take on the leading role in “Macbeth” for Justin Kurzel in January 2014. He is represented by Troika Talent and CAA.