Big Talk, Film4, Optimum, StudioCanal and UK Film Council are behind Cornish’s debut feature.

Writer/director Joe Cornish has started principal photography on Attack The Block, which stars Jodie Whittaker (St. Trinians, Venus) alongside newcomers John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones and Simon Howard. Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway will also appear.

Cornish’s directorial debut is an action adventure about a teen gang facing alien monsters. Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead) and James Wilson are producing. Executive producers are Big Talk’s Matthew Justice, Film4’s Tessa Ross and Optimum Releasing’s Will Clarke and Jenny Borgars. StudioCanal and the UK Film Council are also on board, with Studio Canal handling international sales. StudioCanal’s distribution partners are Optimum (UK), Kinowelt (Germany) and StudioCanal (France).

Tom Townend (The Unloved) is serving as cinematographer and the team also includes production designer Marcus Rowland, costume designer Rosa Dias, creature effects by Spectral Motion and visual effects by Double Negative.