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Tuesday, March 9, 1999 Published at 13:09 GMT


Saints on screen

All Saints: All to be film stars except Shaznay Lewis (bottom left)

Three members of All Saints are to follow in the footsteps of the Spice Girls and appear in their own film, directed by Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart.

Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton will star as gangster sisters in late 1960s London - but fellow singer Shaznay Lewis has turned down a part in the project, called Honest.

Natalie Appleton told a press conference in London: "Shaznay decided this just wasn't her thing, and that's fine. This wasn't planned but when the opportunity came along we just leapt at it."

[ image: All Saints insist their film is nothing like Spice World]
All Saints insist their film is nothing like Spice World
Dave Stewart, who recently teamed up with his former Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox on stage at the Brit Awards, insisted the group were not copying the Spice Girls. Their movie Spice World was released at Christmas 1997.

He said: "It is absolutely nothing like the Spice Girls. The movie already existed before we knew about All Saints, but it is great that we have found them for the roles. They are naturals and it's going to be great to have them."

The film, described as "an edgy black comedy", will be his first as a director, fulfilling an ambition he has held since his Eurythmics days. He has also co-written it.

Nicole Appleton added: "It has got nothing to do with Spice World. There was a suggestion we should do something like that but it just wasn't our thing.

"We heard about Dave's project and knew this was the thing we wanted to do. We did screen tests and it all came out great."

The trio will play three East End sisters, Gerry, Mandy and Jo, who dress as men and carry out a series of robberies in the West End.

Filming starts in July and it is expected to be released in the UK and US in summer 2000. The budget is said to be more than the £3.6m needed to make world-wide hit Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The threesome insist they can fit in the film with their pop career - and Melanie Blatt's role as mother to her three-month-old daughter Lily Ella.

No other names have been confirmed for the film yet, but when asked by reporters who they wanted to play their screen father, they replied in unison: "Michael Caine."

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