Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell Join Ray Winstone for 'The Sweeney'

October 28, 2011
Source: Baz Bamigboye

Damian Lewis / Hayley Atwell

Over a year ago there were rumblings that big names like Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor were being considered to star alongside Ray Winstone (The Departed) for a big screen adaptation of the classic British TV series The Sweeney. However, it sounds like none of those names have worked out since Baz Bamigboye reports the film is moving forward with Damian Lewis (from the new Showtime series "Homeland") and Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger). Steven Mackintosh ("Luther") and Paul Anderson (Sherlock Holmes 2) will also star in the film from director Nick Love. More below!

The series followed two members of the "Flying Squad," a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in armed robbery and violent crime in London. Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Detective Sergeant George Carter are the two lead roles, one of which has gone to Winstone, and the other belongs to Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B). Meanwhile, Atwell is playing another detective who gets mixed up with the two officers. The roles for the other three actors have yet to be revealed, but any work for Lewis is good news. This will likely hit across the pond before it makes its way to the States, but I'm certainly interested in the project.

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It's good to see the talented Damian Lewis doing mainstream movies again. Hayley Atwell is voluptuous, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She's amazing. That woman is incredible. Very talented.

Miller on Oct 28, 2011


love Damian Lewis. yeah its great to see Lewis in the mainstream. thats a weird picture of him though.

Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011


There have already been two movies starring the original cast. The only fear I have for the new version is that it'll be so PC!! Here is the trailer for Sweeney 2  

John J on Oct 30, 2011

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