10 February, 2012 | By Wendy Mitchell
EXCLUSIVE: Shoplifters of the World to be directed by Stephen Kijak and produced by Lorianne Hall.
Rising stars Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless’ US version) and Thomas Brodie Sangster (Death of a Superhero)have signed on for the ensemble comedy Shoplifters of the World, to be directed by Stephen Kijak.
The film is set in 1987, based on true events when an American man was devastated by the breakup of The Smiths and broke into a heavy metal radio station, taking the DJ hostage and demanding that he play non-stop Smiths songs. The film is about the gunman, the DJ and four best friends during those fateful hours.
The filmmakers have an offer out to Russell Brand to play the DJ.
The film, set to start shooting in June, has clearance to use more than 20 songs of The Smiths.
Lorianne Hall of Perihelion Entertainment, former acquisitions manager for Scanbox, produces and is in Berlin meeting with sales companies and financiers.
The cast also features Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Zosia Mamet (The Kids Are Alright), and Will Poulter (Son of Rambow).
Kijak’s credits include Scott Walker 30 Century Man, Stones In Exile and Cinemania.
Jeremy Allen White and Will Poulter are represented by WME; Jessica Brown-Findlay by WME, Troika and Management 360; James Frecheville, Zosia Mamet, Eve Hewson and Stephen Kijak by UTA, Brodie Sangster by WME, Curtis Brown and Management 360.
Christos Michaels of Lee & Thompson represent Hall and Perihelion Entertainment.