Principal photography has started on The Firm, written and directed by Nick Love (The Business, The Football Factory) starring newcomer Paul Anderson, Calum MacNab (The Football Factory) and Daniel Mays (Shifty).

The $4m (£2.5m) film is produced by Allan Niblo and James Richardson of Vertigo Films. Shooting will take place in and around London.

The Firm retells a similar story to Alan Clarke's original 1989 classic UK TV drama, which focused on UK football hooligan culture, where gangs were known as firms and members were described as casuals due to their uniform of designer clothing. In the feature version, the plot centres on Dom, an aspiring casual, who gets drawn into the charismatic but dangerous world of the firm's leader, Bex.

'The original Firm was the sole reason I became a film-maker,' said Love. 'For me, the pull of the casual culture wasn't so much the violence, it was the music, the clothes, the clubs and girls, the swagger and confidence everyone embodied, that's how I see my version of the movie.'

Vertigo Films will distribute the film in the UK & Ireland with Protagonist Pictures International handling worldwide sales.