The first look at Mike Leigh’s untitled biopic of the painter.

Timothy Spall as JMW Turner

The first image has been released for Mike Leigh’s as-yet-untitled new film about painter JMW Turner.

Timothy Spall leads the cast, which also includes Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson and Paul Jesson.

The film is now in post-production; backers are Film4, Focus Features International and the BFI. Georgina Lowe produces for Thin Man Films.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights.

Focus Features International handles the rest of the world.

eOne will release the biopic in the UK in 2014 as part of a deal negotiated between the production and Momentum Pictures, which was acquired by eOne last year.