Rupert Graves is attached to play the lead role of Eduardo in the Balkans-set drama The Filthy War to be directed by John Irvin.

Graves will play a war correspondent in former Yugoslavia who creates a platoon of international volunteers to defend a Croatian village from Serb militants.

Vinnie Jones has been cast as the Balkan warlord Arkan. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Producer Laszlo Hege of Mozgofilms adapted the screenplay partly based on E Rozsa Flores’ memoir of the Yugoslav War. In an unrelated incident, the author was killed in Bolivia under mysterious circumstances.

Graves’ previous credits include V For Vendetta, Death At A Funeral, and The Madness Of King George.