Vertigo Releasing is pleased to announce the acquisition of VILLAIN for the UK and Ireland, starring Craig Fairbrass (The Rise of the Footsoldier franchise, Muscle), Robert Glenister (Live by Night, Journey’s End), George Russo (I Am Soldier) and Izuka Hoyle (Mary Queen of Scots).

VILLAIN is Philip Barantini’s feature debut, whose short film Boiling Point starring Stephen Graham (This is England, Line of Duty) has recently been nominated for a British Independent Film Award. Barantini has previously been seen in front of the camera in Band of Brothers, Humans and most recently Chernobyl.

VILLAIN follows the harrowing journey of Eddie Franks (Fairbrass). After being released from prison after 10 years, Eddie attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter (Hoyle) and clearing his brother’s (Russo) debt. Despite his best efforts, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences.

Craig Fairbrass, who plays the lead role, said “When Bart Ruspoli (producer) approached me with VILLAIN I immediately said yes. What really resonated with me in George Russo and Greg Hall’s script was the human story at its heart, and Eddie Franks’ poignant journey to try and mend his mistakes of the past”.

VILLAIN will be released in the UK and Ireland in 2020

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