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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Izzard and Jacobi in Alex Cox film
Alex Cox
Alex Cox: Director of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy
Derek Jacobi and Eddie Izzard have been lined up to star in Alex Cox's new film, Revenger's Tragedy.

A modern update of the 1607 play attributed to either Thomas Middleton or Cyril Tourneur, the screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce depicts a futuristic clan war between Liverpool and London.

Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi can play a "depraved" duke
Derek Jacobi is lined up to play a villainous duke, and Eddie Izzard will play Lussorioso, his son.

Writing in a weekly diary about the film's production for BBC Films Online, Cox described Lussurioso as the "second most nefarious character of the film".

He also described Derek Jacobi as having the ability to play an "exceptionally depraved and threatening Duke".

Illustrious

Liverpool born and bred, Alex Cox's film making career includes Repo Man, Sid and Nancy, and Straight to Hell.

He has also written a number of screenplays and directed documentaries including Kurosawa, The Last Emperor, and Emmanuelle, A Hard Look, for Channel Four.

Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard, who will play the role of Lussurioso
He is however best known for presenting the BBC's late night film showcase, Moviedrome from 1987 to 1994.

The cast is also set to include Margi Clarke, Christine Tremarco, Christopher Ecclestone, Tony Booth, Dexter Fletcher and Drew Schofield - aka Johnny Rotten from Sid and Nancy.

The film is being part funded by the Film Council's new cinema fund, which Cox has described as the "weird film division".

With a plot that involves the south of England and northern France being destroyed by a giant comet Cox has promised that the film will indeed be "weird enough".

Shooting is scheduled to begin in July.

Alex Cox's diary can be read weekly on BBC Films Online.

See also:

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01 Oct 00 | Entertainment
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02 May 00 | UK
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