A new big screen version of Graham Greene's 1938 novel Brighton Rock is due in UK theatres on 4 February next year, having already screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September and as the surprise movie at last month's London Film Festival. Control actor Sam Riley stars as Pinkie, the young crook who romances waitress Rose (played this time out by Andrea Riseborough) in order to prevent her exposing him as a killer.
A new poster has just been released for the film, via Empire, and it emphasises the calculating, deceitful aspect of Pinkie when compared to the one sheet released back in March, which played up the violent side of his character.
The blue and red of the title font reflects the minor surgery that writer-director Rowan Joffé has done to Greene's source book, updating its setting to the summer of 1964, when the mods and the rockers clashed on the beaches of the eponymous seaside town – a snippet of British youth culture history also famously featured in Franc Roddam's Quadrophenia, as well as the Who album of the same title.
2011 is a big year for Riley, who in addition to Brighton Rock features alongside Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent and Jason “the Stath” Statham in thriller remake 13, due out next spring, and will also appear in the role of a lifetime when he stars as Kerouac alter-ego Sal Paradise, as Motorcycle Diaries (and High Art) director Walter Salles finally brings On the Road to the big screen.
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