Nicolas Winding Refn might currently be the talk of Tinseltown thanks to his slick and stomach-churning work on Drive, but it was the cult popularity of the Pusher trilogy that first marked him out as a talent to watch.
Now, the inevitable English-language remake is on the way, with a pair of crimson-hued images of stars Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn released by Vertigo Films. Both look suitably mean and moody, with Coyle appearing to channel Travis Bickle in full-on wack-job mode.
An official synopsis has also arrived, explaining how the film will tell the story of how, “a small time London drug dealer descends into debt following a spot of bad luck and a series of bad choices.” Oh and in case you were worried, the film is promised to be, “as edgy and explosive as Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic.” So there you go.
Refn himself is on board as executive producer and has been quick to give the project his blessing. “Pusher was the film that launched my career and to have Luis Prieto direct the remake in London will be an exciting venture,” he said in an official statement. “It’s a classic tale with strong characters and has an engaging narrative. To see my characters, Frank and Tony in London, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, is an opportunity not to be missed.”
The film is currently in post-production, and is expected to arrive here in early 2012. Fingers crossed that model Agyness Deyn isn’t the new Rosie Huntington-Whitely…
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