Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell have boarded GK Films' crime drama London Boulevard, set to begin shooting in and around London in early summer.

William Monahan, who won the 2007 adapted screenwriting Oscar for The Departed that also earned GK Films chief Graham King the best picture award, wrote the screenplay and makes his feature film directorial debut. The pair signed an overall first-look producing deal last year and most recently collaborated on the thriller Edge Of Darkness starring Mel Gibson.

King is producing under his GK Films label along with Monahan and former MGM executive Quentin Curtis. GK Films business partner Tim Headington is also attached to produce with Colin Vaines on board to serve as executive producer.

Based on the best selling book by Ken Bruen, London Boulevard is the story of a South London criminal newly released from prison who becomes involved with a reclusive young actress.

Knightley will next be seen in Miramax's Last Night and is attached to star in the F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Beautiful And The Damned.

Farrell recently won the best comedy or musical actor Golden Globe for In Bruges and appears next in the films Triage and Ondine. He is currently shooting the Siberian escape adventure The Way Back for Peter Weir.

King and Monahan are collaborating on the story of Jim Keene for Paramount Pictures. Monahan is writing the Keene screenplay and King is producing alongside Alexandra Milchan. Monahan has also written the thriller Nothing In The World for Warner Bros and will produce with Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Doug Davidson and Leonardo DiCaprio. The same team is on board for the Warner Bros adaptation of South Korean hit The Chaser.

Monahan is represented by Endeavor and attorney David Fox while Curtis is handled by Jamie Feldman at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman. Knightley is represented by Endeavor and United Agents in the UK and Farrell by CAA and attorney Steve Warren.