First look at James McAvoy in Welcome To The Punch

Eran Creevy's Shifty follow-up

The first image from Welcome To The Punch has been revealed over at Screen Daily.

It shows James McAvoy, who play a London detective, looking pretty slick in a neon-hued London. Here's the official synopsis:

"Ex-criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) one last chance to catch the man he’s always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive."

The one thing that really stands out from this image though is the leap that director Eran Creevy has taken since his low budget breakout, Shifty.

Worlds away from the council estates where he lensed that earlier effort, here he showcases a totally different side of London, bathing everything in a Michael Mann-esque blue glow.

We're hoping those Hollywood comparisons aren't just going to be superficial, seeing as Ridley Scott has been dispensing advice in the editing suite.

Welcome To The Punch, which also stars Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan and Shifty's Daniel Mays, opens in the UK on 7 September 2012.

And, while you're here, why not check out the first look at James McAvoy in Filth? He's clearly striving for diversity...

Liking the thought of James McAvoy playing the badass hero type? Let us know!


    • spoonlamp

      Jan 28th 2012, 20:28

      Edit McAvoy out of that picture and it could be anything a picture of anything from a Bond film to a car add. Nothing can be gleaned from it alone. "It's early, the street is empty, you've just run someone over - what would you do?" In the third para here they state their "hope that the Hollywood comparisons aren't just superficial" ... what kind of message is this? Well, first of all the message is "Hollywood is better". Second is that Eran Creevy (director, who also worked on Layer Cake incidentally) would be better making bigger budget flicks, making them shinier and prettier, have a beautiful troubled woman turn up and then "get it under 2 hours, stick an 'up' ending on it and it'll be fine". The best thing about British films used to be exactly that they weren't Hollywood tripe and didn't have to follow their formula. Creevy shows promise as director, but certainly doesn't need to start making moronic, no-brain blockbusters that make money no matter how bad they are (Total Film were apparently surprised by all the robots in Transformers, I can find no other reason for them to have given it 4 out of 5 stars). But enough about me - McAvoy can do this kind of role in his sleep so there's potential here - hoping for a good intelligent film.

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    • Jardoss

      Jan 29th 2012, 12:52

      I think it looks brilliant! Of course, its only a picture, and doesnt hint towards any plot at all. But the cinemotography looks gorgeous!

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    • Joe7277

      Jan 30th 2012, 20:40

      @spoonlamp, I think maybe you were the one surprised by all the robots in Transformers. Total Film probably gave it 4 stars as they went into expecting to see a fun film about robots ripping into each other and they got what they expected...

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    • Joe7277

      Jan 30th 2012, 20:40

      *into it

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