Scottish writer Irvine Welsh cowrote the adaptation of his 2008 novel Filth
. Jon S. Baird will direct the movie, his sophomore feature, which stars The Last King of Scotland
actor James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson. He plays the cocaine-addled, misanthropic sex fiend at the center of the story that
"manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter." Did we mention he's a cop?
Total Film had the new trailer for the movie, which as you can probably guess is NSFW. Welsh's first novel was made into the wildly popular film Trainspotting by Danny Boyle, so the comparisons are inevitable. Expect garbled Scottish slang, wonderfully debased characters, and hedonistic escapades. Filth also has an existential, surreal aside about a tapeworm — which actually has its own dialogue in the book. That could be a difficult thing to pull off in the adaptation, but we're imagining some Naked Lunch-style craziness if it is included.
Previous reports about casting indicated that the great Alan Cumming would play Bruce's boss, but that role seems to be John Sessions' now (not a terrible thing). Sadly, The Girl's Toby Jones, also previously announced, seems to be missing from the cast. Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots remain attached to the project, which doesn't have a release date yet. How does this trailer fare with you? The Scottish Bad Lieutenant or the next Trainspotting-esque cult classic?
Warning: NSFW TRAILER