Martin Compston will take the lead role in Piggy, Kieron Hawkes’ feature directorial debut.

UK production companies Fulwell 73 and DP Films are reteaming on the feature, after previously working together on Turnout starring Ophelia Lovibond and Ben Drew (aka Plan B).

London Film School graduate Hawkes edited Turnout and has made shorts including The Wake starring Frank Harper and Neil Maskell and he edited the documentary The London Perambulator.

The film starts shooting in and around London on July 4. The story follows a bored young man who is persuaded to avenge his brother’s killing by the brother’s shady friend Piggy.

In a statement, the director said: “I’m excited to work with the producers and crew I’ve got to shoot the film. I worked with most of them last year on Turnout, a film I edited, and had a great time, and produced a great piece of work. I know this script can make an incredibly powerful and striking film, and I can’t wait to get on set and start sculpting the performances, honing the scenes, and building an amazing and memorable film.”

Leo Pearlman of Fullwell 73 and Danny Potts of DP Films are producing.

Benjamin Turner, who also directed and edited In The Hands Of The Gods and Prisoner Of War, will edit.