Phillip Barantini’s directorial debut, Villain, was acquired by Vertigo Releasing back in November. The official trailer went live recently and a date is now set for February 28.
After 10 years, Eddie Franks (Craig Fairbrass) is out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but his drug-mule brother Sean (George Russo) has other ideas. Rival gangster brothers Roy and Johnny Garret (Robert Glenister and Tomi May) are demanding Sean repay his debt to them, causing Eddie to get tangled in the crossfire, ending up using his life savings and calling in favours with mobster friends to try and help. Following a dramatic coup at the family pub, events spiral out of control in the ultimate fight for survival. With a powerful performance from Fairbrass, VILLAIN is a gritty British thriller which depicts a dark, criminal underworld.
The aforementioned Fairbass is also tapped to appear in Signature’s Footsoldier Millenium, an upcoming reboot of long-running hooligan gangster film series, Rise Of The Footsoldier. He stars in Villain along with Robert Glenister and George Russo, and with a script by George Russo and Greg Hall.