William Monahan’s feature film directorial debut London Boulevard starts shooting today in London.

Monahan, who won an Oscar for his script for The Departed, has also written the screenplay for the film.

The London-based crime drama is produced by Academy Award winner Graham King (The Departed) under his GK Films banner alongside Monahan, former MGM executive Quentin Curtis and Tim Headington.

The cast includes Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ben Chaplin and Ray Winstone.

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

Colin Vaines and Redmond Morris are executive producers, while Chris Menges is director of photography.