William Monahan's London Boulevard to Star Farrell and Knightley

January 22, 2009

Keira Knightley / Colin Farrell

Hot off his Golden Globe win for his stellar performance in In Bruges, Colin Farrell is set to star in London Boulevard along with Keira Knightley. The film, a crime drama based on Ken Bruen's novel of the same name, is to be directed by the writer of The Departed, William Monahan, who is making his directorial debut. Variety reports that Farrell will be playing a London-based criminal just released from a stint in prison who tries to give up his gangster way of life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive actress, played by Knightley. The film will begin shooting this summer on location in and around London.

Looks like Farrell will be revisiting a defunct criminal character again fairly quickly off of In Bruges. I'm a big fan of Farrell, less of Knightley, but at least she's breaking free of her period pieces, if only for this film alone. After witnessing the range displayed by Farrell in In Bruges, I've the greatest faith in his ability to play what should be a very conflicted character. And no matter what, I'd say that's a good looking pair to have on screen together. As for William Monahan, it should be quite interesting to see if he can handle directing as well as he does writing. Here's to hoping this project turns out great in the end.

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  • Janny
    I don't ming knightley and farrell always seems to entertain in smaller more serious type productions such as In Bruges, Tigerland, and i liked phone booth... but not so much in the bigger type deals (alexander, daredevil, swat)... although i guess its not his fault daredevil sucked ever so much
  • sumonesumtime
    Didn't you see Domino? You guys should watch more movies.
  • nelson
    knightly was pretty good in atonement
  • markers
    I have a feeling there will be some mesmerizing chemistry between these two actors.
  • Fred
    Am I the only one that thought that said Queens Boulevard for a second?
  • sumonesumtime... why in the hell would anyone have watched Domino?
  • Love, love, love DOMINO #2!
  • DinoChow
    Knightley is one of the worst actresses working today. She's just awful awful awful. I can't stand her. She's one of those actresses who is so smug on screen because she thinks she's great...but she isn't.
  • criddle
    I dunno DinoChow, I think she was stellar in Atonement and The Duchess... her and Farrell, along with Monahan's guidance... this film is buzzworthy for sure.




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