Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kevin Bacon, Sophie Okonedo and James Nesbitt will star in the comedy Whole LottaSole, which Essential Entertainment is selling here.

Jay Russell will direct on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in early 2010 from a screenplay by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and Thomas Gallagher, who are both producing.

The story centres on a botched fish market robbery that leads to the involvement of the local police and a gangster out for revenge.

“We’re all very excited to be working with Jay, Terry and the terrific global cast they’ve assembled,” Essential’s president of worldwide distribution John Fremes said.

Whole Lotta Sole has the traditional beats of a gangster film and the tension of a hostage situation but what sets it apart is the comedy throughout and that it’s ultimately a story full of heart.”