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James McAvoy to Direct ‘California Schemin’


(L to R) James McAvoy and director James Watkins on the set of ‘Speak No Evil.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.


  • James McAvoy will direct ‘California Schemin’.
  • He’s making his directorial debut with the conman story.
  • Samuel Bottomley and newcomer Séamus McLean Ross will star.

Having lengthy proved himself an achieved actor (and occasional producer), James McAvoy is making the leap additional behind the digital camera to direct his first movie.

He’s tackling the wild true-life story of two younger Scottish males who fooled the worldwide music scene by posing as established Californian rappers.

And Deadline reports that he’s now locked down the 2 leads he wants for the movie.

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What’s the story of ‘California ‘Schemin’?

James McAvoy in 'Speak No Evil.'

James McAvoy in ‘Speak No Evil.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

In the late 90’s, Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd (no, not the ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor) had their musical ambitions persistently ridiculed for having the ‘flawed’ accents so that they went for broke and reinvented themselves as Californian rappers.

The duo re-recorded their very own tracks with pretend accents and turned up in London claiming to be Silibil N’ Brains, a longtime act on the Cali scene in addition to childhood pals with Eminem. They rapidly bagged themselves a file deal, a hefty sum in advances, and an look on MTV… till all of it got here crashing down.

Bain and Boyd’s story has been informed on web page and display earlier than, within the type of Bain’s memoir ‘California Schemin’ (which has since been reprinted as ‘Straight Outta Scotland’) and Jeanie Finlay’s 2013 doc ‘The Great Hip-Hop Hoax’, however this would be the first time it’s been given the dramatized remedy, with a script by Archie Thomson.

Who is starring in ‘California Schemin’?

Samuel Bottomley, who was most not too long ago seen in ‘How to Have Sex’ and who has additionally appeared within the likes ‘Ghost Stories’ will play Boyd, with newcomer Séamus McLean Ross (at work on ‘Outlander’ prequel sequence ‘Blood of My Blood’) as Bain.

McAvoy, as is widespread for identified actors who direct movies, is taking a supporting position to up the curiosity for potential distributors.

‘California Schemin’’: The Filmmakers Talk

James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb in 2016's 'Split.'

James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb in 2016’s ‘Split.’

Here’s McAvoy on the movie:

“What these two younger males from Dundee tried beggars perception and I can’t wait to carry this totally unbelievable, and likewise very Scottish/Californian story to the cinema. Using Scottish expertise behind and in entrance of the digital camera is one thing I’m obsessed with and I’m over the moon to be making my directorial debut in my homeland. The movie will before everything be a celebration of the Scottish spirit, however the ‘Silibil N’ Brains’ duo’s audacious fakery can’t assist however enchantment to audiences worldwide. Archie Thomson’s wealthy adaptation of this outstanding story captivated me and can enchantment to audiences worldwide, and Samuel Bottomley and Séamus McClean Ross are a really particular couple of younger actors who possess all of those attributes and extra. I really feel privileged to be telling this story with them on my debut characteristic.”

Producer Stephen Kelliher provides:

“We can’t wait to carry the mind-blowing story of Silibil N’ Brains to the massive display. Their astounding story of ambition and dedication delivers good entertainment while being humorous, poignant and in the end shifting. We have religion that James and his great forged will create a very particular movie which can go away audiences open mouthed as they bear witness to one of many largest scams in music historical past.”

When will ‘California Schemin’ be in theaters?

The movie’s rights can be on provide on the Cannes Film Market this month so we’ll have to attend and see who picks them up (and for the movie to be made) earlier than studying when it’d arrive on screens.

James McAvoy in 'Speak No Evil.'

(Left) James McAvoy in ‘Speak No Evil.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

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