One of the best gifts to have ever come from the first season of hit series, Gangs Of London, was seeing actor Sope Dìrísù take the mantle as an undercover cop weaving his way into the violent and brutal UK underworld opposite lead actor Joe Cole. It’s a milestone performance that I look forward to spotting in season two as Dìrísù keeps up the habit, and that interest now extends even further in the wake of Tom Grater’s latest Deadline exclusive on revenge thriller, Uncle.
After the brutal murder of their family, barely teenage Millie and her uncle John (Dìrísù) embark on a brutal mission of revenge and retribution. But as they get closer to the people responsible, Millie must decide if she is ready to follow the bloody path of vengeance… and its violent, premature journey into adulthood.
Casting is currently underway for the role of Millie, according to the report, while West End Films gears up for worldwide sales ahead of next month’s virtual American Film Market. Joe Marcantonio and Owynne Dawkins penned the script which Auroral Pictures’ Rebecca Knapp (Rollin With The Nines) and Matthew Wakeham (Two for Joy) are producing.
Director Joe Marcantonio said, “The legacy of trauma relating to violent crime is something that I have had first-hand experience with, and I am keen to represent it in a realistic and measured way. The film will be kinetic and full of action and adrenaline but also heart.”
Maya Amsellem, Managing Director of WestEnd Films, added, “Uncle is a gripping, intense revenge thriller. Joe Marcantonio’s talent for crafting films in a visually exciting and emotionally arresting way will really appeal to international audiences.”